Friday, April 30, 2004

Limiting Complexity

The Psychology of Ontology Harmonization "My personal experience seems to suggest the exact opposite: higher the abstraction, lower the objectivity with which people can argue and, therefore, come to an agreement.

I've spoken to people that spent several years of their lives coming up with an ontology and their perception is that the complexity over time of these models to cover a particular domain saturates, does not continue to grow.

This is a basic, but vital assumption for this entire approach to work: if the ontologies grow linearely with the amount of information they can describe, the ontology creation/maintainance process simply won't scale globally."
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