Formal Ontology and Philosophical Content on the Semantic Web
Date and time: Friday March 28, 2003, 4-6 p.m.
Location: Georgian Room, Westin St. Francis Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Chairs: Edward N. Zalta (Stanford) Colin Allen (Texas A&M)
Speakers: Jon Bosak, Sun Microsystems Christopher Menzel, Texas A&M University Eugene Miya, NASA Ames Mary Tiles, University of Hawaii
Should (can?) philosophers, as a discipline, build a formal ontology of philosophical concepts to enhance searching, linking, and cross-referencing of philosophical content on the World Wide Web?
Should the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy project develop such a formal ontology for managing the metacontent in its reference work (i.e., for managing cross-references as entries come online or are changed, for building other thematic navigation tools, etc), or will statistical techniques in computational linguistics suffice?
What do philosophers need to know about markup languages such as XML and XHTML?
What should philosophers be doing about developing common practices, standards and tools for electronic publishing?
It would be so tremendously cool of them to build this. If they can. (And if they can't, who can? :-) )