- Ontology is an organizational system designed to categorize and help explain the relationships between various concepts of science in the same area of knowledge and research.
Functions of Ontology
- It provides a common background and understanding of a particular domain, or field, of study, and ensures a common ground among those who study the information.
- It is a way of organizing concepts, information, and ideas that is meant to be universal within the field, and allows for a common language to be spoken.
- It is a structural framework that allows the concepts to be laid out in a way that makes sense.
- It helps show the connections and relationships between concepts in a manner that is generally accepted by the field.
An example of ontology is when a physicist establishes different categories to divide existing things into in order to better understand those things and how they fit together in the broader world.
- the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being, reality, or ultimate substance
- pl. ontologies a particular theory about being or reality
Origin: ModL ontologia: see onto- and amp; -logy
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- on·tolˈo·gist noun
ontology - Computer Definition
The structure of a system. A system model. The word refers to the branch of metaphysics that deals with the nature of reality or being. It therefore refers to "what exists" in a system: all elements within all category hierarchies and the relationships between them.
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