Statement of Interest

James Hendler

To understand this short article, I need you to use the following visualization technique. Spread your hands about one foot wide. Imagine your right hand is the traditional AI knowledge representation view of formal ontologies. Think of moving left as moving from carefully constructed large ontologies to smaller component ontologies, created in less formal ways. About the time you hit your left hand you're at the edge of the traditional AI view of ontologies, and into something much less formal and somewhat less well-defined. Now turn your head left and squint into the distance -- that’s where my view of ontologies can be found!! In this little piece let me see if I can explain this, and help you realize that ontologies are going to change the world, but only if we change our view of ontologies!

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