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Ontology Summit 2007: A Collection of Definitions - What do people mean when they use the term "Ontology"     (1)

  • "What is an Ontology?" - "An ontology is a specification of a conceptualization....the objects, concepts, and other entities that are assumed to exist in some area of interest and the relationships that hold among them." ... "in the context of AI, we can describe the ontology of a program by defining a set of representational terms." ... (from "A Translation Approach to Portable Ontology Specifications" Tom Gruber / 1993) [posted by Peter P. Yim / 2007.01.18]     (1B)

Other community inputs:     (1E1)

Our theme for Ontology Summit 2007 is: "Ontology, Taxonomy, Folksonomy: Understanding the Distinctions"     (1E5)

As Steve Ray said it during our 18-Jan-2007 Ontology Summit launch meeting, rather than to "bludgeon the world into using a single definition", we want to "provide a means of identifying what kind of "ontology" you are talking about.     (1E5B)

At our organizing committee conference call, when the above "tag line" was adopted, Olivier Bodenreider drew a rather appropriate analogy by saying, "we want to be USGS, and not the UN." ... Yes, conveners of Ontology Summit 2007 should look at themselves as cartographers, not peace keepers!     (1E5C)

We don't plan to go around telling people how they should use the term "ontology". Instead, we are planning to solicit input from people who could represent perspectives of different constituencies that are involved in developing or facilitating the evolution of "ontologies" and structures that help model semantics. We want these people (experts, practitioners and informed layman alike) to provide input from the perspectives of their constituencies.     (1E5D)

We have, below, an incomplete list of the "constituencies" that may be pertinent. Please feel free to make the addition to the list if you notice that a certain community (or sub-community) is conspicuously missing.     (1E5E)

Various Communities ("constituencies") and the way they define their "ontology" or ontology-related vocabulary     (1F)

List of communities first enumerated at our 2007.01.30 organizing committee meeting     (1F1)

... (we'll be soliciting input on key ontology-related vocabulary, glossary and artifacts from the perspective of the various constituencies in a survey.)     (1F2)

Formal ontology communities     (1F3)

Semantic Web communities     (1F4)

Linguistic communities     (1F5)

Concept Map community     (1F6)

Topic Map & Subject Map communities     (1F7)

SEARCH communities     (1F8)

Web 2.0 communities     (1F9)

Thesauri community     (1F10)

Taxonomy communities     (1F11)

Metadata communities     (1F12)

XML communities     (1F13)

Applications Development, Software Engineering and Information Model communities     (1F14)

System Architecture Communities     (1F15)

Biomedical communities     (1F16)

Standards Development communities     (1F17)

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