The Acquisition and Application of Ontologies

KLAM.SourceForge.net is the temporary home of Ontolog.com.

Ontolog.com is a place for experimenting with technology with the abstract goal of improving the availability and usefulness of information in peoples' lives. Right now, the web site is developed by me, Thomas L. Packer, a life-long student of computer science, linguistics, mathematics, cognitive science and philosophy, and a member of the LDS Church.

This web site is also used as a place to put my ideas, a place to put a lot of links and other information related to what I am interested in, and a place for my family and friends to put up their own web pages.

People have had a harder time pronouncing "ontolog" than I thought they would, probably because I'm a nerd and I assume everyone in the world knows and loves thinking about ontologies. The word "ontolog" is what a linguist would call a backformation of the word ontology, analogous to the way analog is related to analogy. You can think of an ontolog as being a unit of, or instance, of ontology. (I'm trying to preserve the original, less restricted, philosophical meaning of "ontology", the study of being.)

In other words, Ontolog does not have much, if anything, to do with "logging on" to anything -- although I have experimented with cheesy slogans that parse the word in that way.

You may also wonder what the four C's of the secondary title mean. Wonder no more. They are an optimistic name for a consortium that does not yet exist but hopefully will some day. The methodology alluded to is to learn what we can about the way humans think and integrate that into our computations where appropriate.

Dollars and Sense An advertisement for a book about personal and family finance for latter-day saints, written by Gary L. Packer. (I drew the illustrations in the book using pen and ink.)
People A collection of pages about, and by, people who are in some more personal way associated with Thomas L. Packer or Ontolog.
LinkRanker This may be the most "usable" project on this web site. (I use it on a daily basis.) It's a collection of URLs filtered by category and sorted by usage frequency (using a simple probabilistic model consisting mostly of the "noisy-OR" model). Uses php and MySQL. (Also accessible by clicking on the Ontolog logo, above.)
Info What little is left of my old collection of annotated webpage URLs grouped by subject. The old HTLM version of my links is now replaced by my LinkRanker.Ontolog.com.
Tool Ontology Ontological Encyclopedia of Information Tools: An Family Tree of Problem-Solving Methods and Constructs in Computer Science.
Event Scheduler This is a simple web page form and php script used to collect information from people about their weekly schedule in order for the whole group to more easily find times when everyone can meet together. This was first used for BYU research groups such as the Data Extraction Research Group and the NL-Soar Research Group, but it can be used for just about anything requiring input from two or more people regarding when to schedule some hour-long (or longer) event.
Literary Cladistics The adaptation of cladistics to the study of the origin and development of stories, myths, and other literary elements of culture.
Semantic Seek . Com My very own web crawler / search engine. Google takes tenths of a second to return pretty much what you are looking for. But try semseeker, the engine behind SemanticSeek.com. It will take days to bring you nothing at all of what you want. :-)
KLAM Knowledge and Language Acquisition Model.   I just (on 2004.08.17 at 21:55) registered a SourceForge.net project called KLAM for experimenting with the development of software to model how humans learn to comprehend natural languages in a way that will hopefully be useful for real natural language processing tasks. The key technique will be the mutual bootstrapping of both ontological and linguistic knowledge. If you are interested in helping me work on a collection of natural language learning and natural language comprehension software modules, go to this page on the SourceForge.net-hosted web site.
Scriptures . BYU . Edu Also called "LDS General Conference Scriptural Citation Index" or scriptures.byu.edu. For a short time I helped Dr. Stephen Liddle at BYU on this web site meant to help people research scriptural ideas. This index presents a set of links from the scriptures to the general conference talks that cite those scriptures. If you want to know who has cited a particular verse in general conference, find that verse in the left pane and click on it.
The Scriptures The LDS scriptures "analysed and synthesised" as a study in religion, using XML and XSL as a storage and representation medium.


Thomas L. Packer

2002.02.05 2007.10.03