IDEF5 Ontology Description Capture Method: Concepts and Formal Foundations
Interim rept. Jan 1990-Mar 1991
TEXAS A AND M UNIV COLLEGE STATION KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS LAB
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An ontology can be though of as a structure for representing knowledge about the world as perceived from different perspectives such that those perspectives can be related to one another. Viewed simply as the study of what there is, ontology as an activity is at work across the full range of human inquiry prompted by humanitys persistent effort to understand the world in which it has found itself - and which it has helped to shape. In the context of human-designed-and-engineered systems, ontologic inquiry is motivated not by the search for knowledge for its own sake, but by the need to understand, design, engineer, and manage such systems effectively. IDEF5 development has been targeted at filling a methodological gap for reliably extracting ontologies in a manner that closely reflects human conceptualization of the domains in question. The IDEF5 method does so by enabling practitioners to recognize and validate the nature and structure of a given engineering, manufacturing, business, or logistical domain and then store that knowledge in a usable representational medium.... Integration, Ontology, IDEF, Knowledge acquisition, Requirements definition, Information engineering, Method, Systems engineering, Information systems, Methodology.