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some basic ontology problems, need for more explanation

From: Sandy Pan <sandy_lub@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Nov 2003 17:23:19 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <20031103012319.14577.qmail@web20206.mail.yahoo.com>
To: www-rdf-interest@w3.org
dear all
actually i am quite confused about ontology and some basic concepts related to it.
i appreciate if someone could give me a more clear explanation of it.
i did search on internet about the concept, the best one i can is
the stanford fella defined that "An ontology is a specification of a conceptualization"
Thru all what i read, what i can understand is  that ontology seems to be some definition or
description of some concept, or the relation between/among concepts. (very abstract.)
so in that case, 
1) how can it related to knowledge sharing? and 
2)how can Ontology related to Semantic Web(did i ask this question before?)
Semantic Web is actually fully based on RDF, and RDF is mainly XML codes.
3)how can these XML codes related to Ontology? 
if you think i am too naive then i am very sorry to ask all these questions, just hope
you could give me a clear guide. 
thanks zillions and kind regards

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