Ontologies are overrated?!?

Here’s a video by the indefatigable Michael Wesch and done in his inimitable style, arguing that maybe ontologies are not needed anymore and that the shelf is obsolete in the area of digital information. In the blurb next to the video it says:

“This video explores the changes in the way we find, store, create, critique, and share information. This video was created as a conversation starter, and works especially well when brainstorming with people about the near future and the skills needed in order to harness, evaluate, and create information effectively.”

It ties in with arguments made by Weinberger and even gels nicely with a short “after-dinner” talk I gave recently. Are you committing ontological apostasy now, I hear you ask? And you have only just blogged about ontology development methods.

Will I incur Aristotle’s wrath? No, I don’t think so….ontologies are still useful if they are used to provide a general frame of reference that describes both likeness and limits of likeness. As long as we appreciate that there may be more than one top node…..

One Response to Ontologies are overrated?!?

  1. Pingback: Unilever Centre for Molecular Informatics, Cambridge - petermr’s blog » Blog Archive » Ontologies in Physics and Chemistry

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