Re: what-is-an-ontology (Paul van der Vet)
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 94 09:17:13 +0100
From: (Paul van der Vet)
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Subject: Re: what-is-an-ontology
In-reply-to: Mail from 'Tom Gruber <gruber@eit.COM>'
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Tom Gruber wrote:

> To hunt down an early culprit, look in the old papers about terminological
> reasoning or maybe knowledge representation for NLP work.  I've CC'd the
> relevant discussion list; perhaps someone can put the finger on who first
> coopted the term "ontology" for AI.

How about Pat Hayes' Second Naive Physics Manifesto (in "Formal
theories of the commonsense world", edited by Jerry R. Hobbs and
Robert C. Moore, 1985)? His other paper in the same volume, entitled
Naive Physics I: Ontology for Liquids, is the first attempt to
formulate an AI ontology that I know of. I would like to hear of
earlier citations.


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