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Subject: RE: [soa-rm] concept maps

I agree with Ken. 

As long as we clearly define the concepts and associations that we use in the diagram our job is done. 

The issue still remains though as to what is the minimal set of concepts and associations required to simply illustrate what we are all talking about.


 -----Original Message-----
From: 	Ken Laskey [mailto:klaskey@mitre.org] 
Sent:	December 8, 2005 6:18 PM
To:	Frank McCabe
Cc:	Duane Nickull; SOA-RM
Subject:	Re: [soa-rm] concept maps

At this point, we are using CM for description and have no a priori  
desire for inference.  Yes, tweaking with a little RDF would give you  
some basic capability there too, but we don't yet need a full logic  


On Dec 8, 2005, at 6:01 PM, Frank McCabe wrote:

> Been doing some research on the net about concept maps.
> It seems that concept maps are nearly always used in an educational  
> context. It may even be that we have been pioneering the use of  
> concept maps as a modeling tool :)
> There is a close semantic similarity between RDF and concept maps. It  
> would not be a great stretch to use RDF as the semantics of concept  
> maps. RDF does have a semantics now that
> The reason for picking this approach is that basing a semantics of CM  
> on KIF or CL pushes you in a direction that is not especially helpful.  
> (I.e., you start wanting to add in the extra features you get in a  
> logic language; but in fact most CMs are assertional in nature.)
> So, the technical route is there. I wonder if the political will is  
> too?
> Frank

Ken Laskey
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