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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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In the Canadian context, Andrew Biro (2013) has shown how a similar technologically driven ontology of water has displaced a historic and place-specific ontology of hydro-social adaptiveness.
This is important to help determine if the ontology is working the way that you want and what "new" or different information an ontology allows you to find.
So thus the ontology is made and validated by experts having professional knowledge of a target domain.
Indeed, in our fuzzy ontology conceptualization, fuzzy concepts are modelled as fuzzy subsets [8], The strength of fuzzy logic in knowledge representation lies in the intersections between fuzzy subsets, as an element can belong to several fuzzy subsets with different membership degrees.
20], adds that ontology development is normally a set of established principles, processes, practices, methods and activities used to design, construct, evaluate and deploy ontologies.
In this article, we refer to the GSPAS KL-ONE ontology as GSPAS KB or as GSPAS ontology or as KL-ONE ontology, and refer to the reengineered GSPAS OWL ontology as new ontology or as OWL ontology.
Ontology Systems generated approximately USD 4m in revenue during the last 12 months, including sales to tier-1 CSPs.
The language provides support for merging ontologies, encouraging separate ontology development, refinement and reuse.
Stuart states that "Ontologies, and the associated instance data, are generally interrogated for one of three reasons: to determine whether an ontology is suitable for reuse; to extract information from an ontology; and to gather information about an ontology's use.
Xiaohui Tao [17] proposes a personalized ontology model to attempt the challenge to use semantic relations of "kind-of", "part-of", "related-to" and synthesize common sense and expert knowledge in a single computational model.
The detailed description of the developed models has been submitted in [22] therefore further, we will provide their short description in the form of rules of the mapping binary entity-relationship diagram elements into ontology elements.
The aim of this section is to present the main concepts around semantic web technologies necessary to understand the AONET ontology network.

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