Re: Ontology icon???

Subject: Re: Ontology icon???
From: "Mike O." <obie1121 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2004 11:46:11 -0500

While the discussion of Ontology icon copyrights was raging, I did the
Google image search... :-)

It turns out Google finds mostly screenshots of other applications'
flowcharts depicting their ontologies.Perhaps you could squeeze a flowchart
into an icon, and then use that icon in your flowchart as a representation
of your ontology workflow. Which creates a hermeneutic circle for your users
to ponder, but that's another story.

Seriously though, I don't think a graphic of an Ontology flowchart could be
made to look different enough from other non-Ontology flowcharts.

What on earth could graphically represent the concept of Ontology? A
portrait of Kant?

Here is the first Google hit on 'ontology...'
"An ontology is a specification of a conceptualization. ... "

If that doesn't clear it up, there's this:
" ontology is a specification used for making ontological commitments.

Good luck reducing that to a graphic! Maybe I just lack imagination.

I think I know what ontology is. I went through a well-known Western
Civilization curriculum as an undergrad. I've read the RDF spec and
understood most of it. And I know the Philosophers Drinking Song by heart,
so I think I'm qualified to comment. :-)

Mike O.


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