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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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A patient checking into an emergency room can be diagnosed more effectively and more quickly via the Semantic Web because the hospital can issue a query across the Internet and immediately gather all of the patient's electronic medical records to better understand his or her symptoms.
To conclude, the benefits of combining semantic web concepts and database metadata in one Information Management Tool are: improved data access, scalability and platform independence.
Attempting to quell widespread scepticism, standards advocates say recent implementations of Semantic Web protocols by large technology companies herald the arrival of the Internet's next evolutionary phase.
Where earlier languages have been used to develop tools and ontologies for specific user communities (particularly in the sciences and in company-specific e-commerce applications), they were not defined to be compatible with the architecture of the World Wide Web in general, and the Semantic Web in particular.
foafCORP (foafCORP, 2002) is an interesting semantic Web visualization of the interconnectedness of corporate America based on the loaf RDF vocabulary.
engineering, medicine, education) as well as between peoples of the world into a single communication system, the Semantic Web will deepen the concept of a global village in ways hard to comprehend.
Elsevier is proud to sponsor the Semantic Web Challenge annually as a forum for industry and academia to exchange and disseminate knowledge," said Sweitze Roffel, Senior Publisher in Computer Science at Elsevier.
Semantic Web Company is a technology provider headquartered in Vienna (Austria).
On the other hand, it seems that this task is a part of more general, large-scale problem--the problem of developing a Semantic Web of a new generation.
Web information systems and applications; workshops on semantic web and ontology and on electronic government technology and application; proceedings.
To quote Wikipedia, the semantic web is an evolving development of the world wide web and continues to excite much interest in the information world.

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