Ontologies and Their Practical Implementation

Ontologies and Their Practical Implementation

Gian Piero Zarri (University of Paris IV/Sorbonne, France)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-560-3.ch074
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Abstract

Starting from the ’90s, ontologies have emerged as an important research topic investigated by several research communities (including the database community) and used especially in defining standards for data exchange, information integration, and interoperability. The word “ontology” comes from medieval philosophy, where it was used to talk about the existence of beings in the world (Guarino & Giaretta, 1995).

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