"If you don’t understand what your software engineers are talking about, perhaps it’s because they are using a vocabulary they invented for the problem they are solving." This begins a white paper called, "The Business Value of Semantic Technology" by Chris Moran, CTO, Information Management Solutions Consultants, Inc.
Moran continues, "Engineers invent a vocabulary and data structure for each system they build and each problem they solve, and only the engineers who built the system understand this structure and vocabulary. Even other engineers must learn it in order to make the data usable. In most enterprises today, we have as many different ways to ask questions of our data as we have systems to store it. We have as many different vocabularies and data structures as we have systems. The problem is actually worse than it sounds...."
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About the Author
Chris Moran is the CTO for IMSC and has more than 20 years in the IT industry. He is an innovator and pioneer for semantic technology and controlled natural language. His innovations include a semantic rule engine called rules4J, and a controlled natural language for building ontologies called Common.
He has designed and built semantic solutions for clients in the DoD and Intel communities. Most recently, he has been responsible for developing and teaching courses in semantic technology for the office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer(DCMO) for DoD.