may be we should discuss terms (words) and definitions for
upper concepts (categories),
as for me "thing" is not very good:
it has too many meaning, so which one(?) do you mean?
[MW] Yes it has a number of usages, but at least one of them is
appropriate, so it is not an inappropriate term to use.
have a look at other candidates (in order of appearence in
Date: before 12th century
[MW] I agree entity is the main alternative candidate. It has
fewer usages too. However, it often turns up as a reserved term (in data
modelling languages for example). It is also a more esoteric term than thing.
PS by the way about "river"
they put in description field a definition
from Oxford dictionary - good idea.
[MW] This of course is from the public ISO 15926 Reference Data
Library. You will note that it is free to use, despite being an ISO standard. We
had to do a lot of negotiation to get standards as databases freely available. This
looks like it is using the Facade interface (defined in ISO 15926-7) which is a
way of publishing data so that it can be retrieved by anyone on the web. This
is the kind of technology that could be used by standards organizations to
publish the ontological aspects of their standards for use by others. You will
see that one of the attributes provided is its identifying URI. Obviously this
is a web interface, but you can also access the data from the facade using
standard web calls.
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