IEML: Computational semantics in the service of collective intelligence
The vision behind the IEML (Information Economy MetaLanguage) initiative.
By Prof. Pierre Lévy
Fellow of the Royal Society (Academy of Sciences) of Canada
Director of the Canada Research Chair in Collective Intelligence
University of Ottawa
Text translated by Michele Healy
The semantic interoperability problem
The universe of communication opened up to us by the interconnection of digital data and automatic manipulators of symbols – in other words, cyberspace – henceforth constitutes the virtual memory of collective human intelligence. Yet, at the symbolic level, important obstacles hinder digital memory from working fully in the service of an optimal management of knowledge. These obstacles can be decomposed into two interdependent sub-groups.
The first one concerns the multiplicity and the incompatibility of symbolic systems: