2811Re: [TaxoCoP] Happy New Year Fellow Taxonomy Nerds!
- Jan 4, 2009Nick Berry wrote:
> I see a long list of esteemed analysts responsible for this banal andAs other things evolve, perhaps also the meaning of 'taxonomy' should also?
> shallow treatment of the concept of taxonomy. Quality taxonomies are
> not now and have never been about "single-hierarchy" - the primary
> aspect of the hallowed analysts' accusation that implies that taxonomies
> are overly rigid.
> Many of us have realized that we can educate until we're blue in the
> face, but as long as we continue to promote the use of the word
> "taxonomy," we are left in an awkward position, because the word has
> both denotative and connotative implications of hierarchy (parent/child,
> class/object, genus/species). A more accurate word for the information
> structures that most of us create is "ontology," which implies complex
> relationship types and the ability to create logical inferences based on
> the codified relationships among entities and elements that are modeled
> in this type of knowledge organization system.
> I think we've outgrown the term Taxonomy. Let's take the leap and call
> them Ontologies, not only to claim the space but also to silence the
> dunderheads like these guys (who are decent people, no doubt, just doing
> their journalistic duty by trying to sensationalize a nonsensational
Or, do you mean that people just don't understand the ways that
taxonomies have evolved?
As a taxonomy user/wannabe, it seems to me that a major problem is
visually representing anything more than a strict hierarchy.
When playing with Protege a while back, it seemed that any visual output
was still 2-d.
Odd. Seems like we could do a lot better.
Do any of the mapping/km tools know how to generate multi-dimensional
representations? Acrobat Reader can display really nice 3-D CAD models,
with layer control and such. This seems like it could be prett handy.
Or, is the visual representation not so important?
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