In an interesting entry on the Semantic Web, a fellow blogger writes:
However, the Semantic Web, which is still in a development phase where researchers are trying to define the best and most usable design models, would require the participation of thousands of knowledgeable people over time to produce those domain-specific ontologies necessary for its functioning.
I’ve italicized part of this quote, as it requires comment.
This is a common perception – i.e., that people need to be directly involved in the manual creation of formal ontologies.
Frankly, this simply isn’t the case.
I’ve spelled all of this out via a scientific example elsewhere.
Fortunately, you don’t need to take my word on this – you can go to the source: a Tim Berners-Lee keynote at a recent BioTech event.