A simplistic definition of "ontology"

hovy@isi.edu (Eduard Hovy)
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Date: Wed, 4 Oct 1995 08:41:22 -0500
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Just to stir up some blood: 

  An ontology is a collection of symbols that represent (i.e., name) some 
  set of phenomena in the "external world" within a computer (or possibly 
  within other, non-implemented, systems, although who knows what that 
  would be interesting for).  Typically, the phenomena include objects 
  and processes and states, and typically, these entities are related 
  among themselves; usually, the ontology names (some of) these relations.  


>At  7:49 PM 10/3/95 +0100, Nicola Guarino wrote:
>>"An ontology is a specification of the indended models of a logical language".
>At 11:34 AM 10/4/95, Pat Hayes wrote:
>Fine, as long as we don't forget that the models usually will include
>'nonstandard' models which we *didnt* intend, so we shouldnt assume that
>constructing an ontology somehow fully captures an idea.

Eduard Hovy
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