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A traditional branch of metaphysics that deals with problems of being, existence, inner nature, meaning, etc. It is fundamental to problems involving normality and disease, individuality, responsibility, and the analysis of values. In recent years, it has been slowly assuming a place as a branch of medicine proper.


A formal specification of how to represent relationships among objects, concepts, and other entities belonging to a particular area of human experience or knowledge.

ontology (n·tˑ·l·gē),

n the metaphysical study of the state of being: focuses on the fundamentals of identity, disease, normalcy, and belief systems as they influence a person's existence.
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We introduce in that context, a set of common ontologies, including: Workflow ontology, domain specific ontology, etc.
SOUPA is the acronym for the "standard ontology for ubiquitous and pervasive applications" and it consists of two related sets of ontologies.
In this article, Protege tool for ontology construction is introduced for the construction work to save the ontology in OWL language.
Development of domain-specific ontology for AGVS and use of the ontological terms in the preparation of content expressions according to the selected Interaction Protocols (IPs) was part of the development of ABSFSim.
Typologies and frameworks for ODP and their repositories for public access have been proposed and a wide range of ontology repositories exist (Gangemi 2005; Ontolog 2010; Pan et al.
Many ontology development tutorials for specific languages and tools and according to specific methodologies were being proposed.
From the historical point of view the ontology is a part of science that has many faces.
One can hope that it stimulates continued dialogue about the interpretation of pre-Vatican II theology as well as about the ecumenical potential of "sacramental ontology.
Formal ontology is concerned with the systematization and elaboration of computerized representations and associated reasoning techniques and is increasingly finding application across a broad range of disciplines, including artificial intelligence, computational linguistics, bioinformatics, geographic information systems, information retrieval, and the Semantic Web.
The UMBEL reference ontology is used to tag information and map existing schema in order to help link content and promote interoperability.
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