Friday, March 27, 2009

CAL 2009: Capturing semantics

Captured live at #cal09, posted late.

Capturing semantics in enterprise systems education S. Polovina*, I. Launders, S. Andrews; Sheffield Hallam University

Only 15% of business critical information is stored in a structured form. The problem is of course that computers like structured information. Humans like concepts - the 85% that sits outside the information system and that is hard to compute. Businesses are not happy for their strategies to be constrained by their IT structure. Further complication because businesses want to conduct their business over the web.

This research tries to capture concepts in a diagram - Conceptual Graph. This has the advantage of being visual for humans, captures the context and is computable. However, computers can't process it, question the model and students can't add unconscious knowledge. Desire is to harmonise creativity of humans with the productivity of computers.

"All models are wrong... but some are useful" {I like that! - DM}

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