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Re: ontology & careers?

From: Simon Cox <simon.cox@ned.dem.csiro.au>
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 08:58:11 +0800
Message-ID: <38FE5623.DCA0139@ned.dem.csiro.au>
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
William Grosso wrote:
> 
> The idea of using taxonomic representations (e.g.,
> ontologies) to classify knowledge has been an active
> research area for the past 30 or so years (look under
> knowledge representation, for more explicitly
> ontological work, look under "Frame based languages").

Make that at least 100 years, or maybe 2500.  
There is a fast-paced but thorough overview of Ontology as 
chapter 2 in John Sowa's recent book "Knowledge Representation".  
He traces it though 20th century philosophers such as 
Whitehead, all the way back to the classical Greeks.  
The picture on the dust-cover is a famous tree-like ontology 
by Ramon Lull, medieval (?) logician.  

-- 
Best		Simon Cox
Received on Wednesday, 19 April 2000 20:58:23 GMT

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