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Ontology Matching as a Service Industry

One of my more amusing experiences this term has been being the point person for students with questions about ontology. My best guess is that this is happening because of a public lecture I gave early in the term, which among other things was tasked with trying to make sense of the concepts of ontology and epistemology for novice researchers in the social sciences. Since then, I’ve had a steady stream of students referred to me by other faculty, who want me to explain to them “what an ontology is” – or, worse, what their ontology is… (Everyone wants their own, it seems…)

Now, thanks to L Magee, I have some place to refer them. LM offers a tantalising – illustrated and in full-colour – selection of ontologies for all your research needs. I might suggest that this post casts the concept of “ontology matching” in an entirely new light: forget monitoring how people achieve intersubjective consensus in the face of incommensurable worldviews! Turn that fancy software of yours into an Ontology Matching Service! Students can answer a series of targeted questions in the privacy and anonymity of their homes, and then be matched by your ARC-backed, empirically validated, software, to their very own personalised ontology – a sort of conceptual dating service for researchers who may feel too shy or too busy to develop their own paradigm or conceptual scheme.

4 responses to “Ontology Matching as a Service Industry

  1. lmagee June 8, 2007 at 3:11 pm

    Unfortunately I’ve been fighting with WordPress to accept full-size images – embarrassingly I must ask: any hints? (The problem I think is in the default text editor stripping my code). In any case you get the general idea…

  2. N Pepperell June 8, 2007 at 3:31 pm

    I’m about to run pick my son up from daycare, so my response may be a bit delayed. The images are, incidentally, showing up fine in Google reader. What exactly is happening? (I tend to Photoshop images to control the sizes so that they won’t break the post, but if the images have accidentally exceeded what would be appropriate for the layout, it hasn’t specifically caused a problem with the image, only with the rest of the layout.) When you say it won’t accept full-size images, what is it doing? (Sorry – I should take a look, but just don’t have time at the second, and thought it might be more efficient to ask for more info while I’m away…)

  3. Russ June 8, 2007 at 5:39 pm

    lm, you’ve got a stylesheet with

    p img {
    padding: 0;
    max-width: 100%;

    cute idea actually, but not what you want.

  4. Pingback: Ontology wiki « Sri Aurobindian Ontology

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