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Re: [ontolog-forum] glossary of ontology terminology

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From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2007 10:15:55 -0500
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>I am looking for a credible glossary of 
>ontological terms, and I dont find anything 
>easily accessible, comprehensive and uptodate 
>that I can trust
>I am aware there is a copyright issue - but we should try to go past that?
>Wikipedia is still flakey,  and  this looks 
>better carried out on the web as a  collective 
>task.  It looks like we have a good collection 
>of definitions for 'ontology' on the summit 
>wikipage, which shows  that we can produce 
>things  I wonder if we should start working 
>towards creating definitions (ta community of 
>practice starts with common terminology)
>(we dont have to agree on everything, we could always have d1. d2 etc)
>The problem I have today is to define 'applied 
>ontology'  and  'formal ontology' and wonder if 
>there is any further distinction    (01)

Why do you think this is a distinction? Most 
ontologies created so far are formal and many of 
them are applied.    (02)

>I have found some papers discussing in generally 
>more than a page what a formal ontology is, but 
>I am not satisfied
>I find a useful reference on Jsowa glossary for 
>formal ontology, but it does not seem to be 
>contrasting other types of ontology
>formal as opposed to terminological? or formal vs applied?    (03)

No, as opposed to informal.    (04)

>what is applied ontology exactly? (wikipedia entry is contradictory)    (05)

? In what way exactly?    (06)

>shall we start something? has someone compiled 
>something that they want/can  share and open up 
>for collective editing? (I would be surprised 
>thanks    (07)

May I first ask some meta-questions.    (08)

1. Why do you think there are useful definitions 
for terminology like "applied ontology"? Why 
would you expect to find anything more sensible 
than "an ontology which has been applied to a 
task"? This meaning can be extracted from the 
phrase by an English speaker without even knowing 
what an ontology is.    (09)

2. What is the point of making such a glossary?    (010)

Pat    (011)

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