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Re: "what is an ontology?" stuff in requirements abstract/intro

From: Deborah McGuinness <dlm@ksl.stanford.edu>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2002 05:48:41 -0800
Message-ID: <3C6BC039.D5FF7CB2@ksl.stanford.edu>
To: Ludger van Elst <elst@dfki.uni-kl.de>
CC: www-webont-wg@w3.org
I also typically refer to Gruber's definition when I introduce ontologies -
I think citing his work is important.
When i introduce ontologies to people unfamiliar with our field, I also
think it is useful to mention that ontology has been around in the
philosophical literature for a long time and our definition departs from
theirs.
I also typically point to collections of work on ontologies, e.g., fois
books.

I wrote a paper on Ontologies Come of Age[1], which could be one of the
things pointed to if you like and of course it points to much previous work.

[1]
http://www.ksl.stanford.edu/people/dlm/papers/ontologies-come-of-age-abstract.html

d
Ludger van Elst wrote:

> Hi Webont-Members,
>
> > "what is an ontology?" stuff in requirements abstract/intro
> > From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
> ...
> > let's
> > see if there's some text to grab... yes:
> >
> >   Put simply, an ontology is just a set of
> >   standard vocabularly terms along with some
> >   formal definitions of the terms.
> >
> > Lightly edited:
> >
> >   An ontology is vocabularly of terms along
> >   with some formal definitions of the terms.
>
> I am a little bit surprised that - though nearly all papers about
> ontologies refer to Tom Gruber´s "shared conceptualization" definition -
> all proposals in this group only capture the "conceptualization" aspect
> but don´t mention the "sharing" aspect.
> In the requirements document there is a paragraph titled "3.1 Shared
> Ontologies" which would - accepting Tom's definition - expand to "3.1
> Shared Shared Conceptualizations".
> In my opinion, a good definition of the term ontology should cover both
> aspects, sharing and conceptualizing. Otherwise, we should consequently
> only talk about conceptualizations (e.g., "A conceptualization is
> vocabularly of terms along with some formal definitions of the terms."),
> not ontologies.
>
> What do you think about this topic?
>
> Best regards,
>  Ludger
>
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