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Re: [ontolog-forum] Taxonomies and Ontologies

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From: Duane Nickull <dnickull@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2005 15:31:24 -0700
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Brian (Bo) Newman wrote:    (01)

> Jayne,
> While perhaps not semantically complete,  I have found it quite useful 
> (in presentations to those outside of the ontological communities) by 
> anchoring such discussions with; "A class hierarchy may also be called 
> a taxonomy" [1] -- "taxonomies are methods for describing 
> classification relationships" [2]; explaining that ontologies (formal 
> or otherwise) provide additional semantic elements that allow them to 
> covey more meaning that just what is provided by a taxonomy.     (02)

DN - would it be fair to extend this to also state that the ontology is 
also about the relationships between the elements of a taxonomy in 
addition to the hierarchal nature of their associations?  An ontology is 
about more that just the elements of a taxonomy and their individual 
semantics - it is about the N to N relationships that exist between 
those elements??  Could one infer that Taxonomies are always scoped to 
only represent hierarchal relationships between elements?  I see a lot 
of people who seem to infer this but have never seen it written in black 
and white.    (03)

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