Formal Ontology in Information Systems: Proceedings of the Third International Conference (FOIS-2004)

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Achille C. Varzi, Laure Vieu
IOS Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 363 pages
Just as ontology developed over the centuries as part of philosophy, so in recent years ontology has become intertwined with the development of the information sciences. Researchers in such areas as artificial intelligence, formal and computational linguistics, biomedical informatics, conceptual modeling, knowledge engineering and information retrieval have come to realize that a solid foundation for their research calls for serious work in ontology, understood as a general theory of the types of entities and relations that make up their respective domains of inquiry. In all these areas, attention has started to focus on the content of information rather than on just the formats and languages in terms of which information is represented. A clear example of this development is provided by the many initiatives growing up around the project of the Semantic Web. And as the need for integrating research in these different fields arises, so does the realization that strong principles for building well-founded ontologies might provide significant advantages over ad hoc, case-based solutions. The tools of Formal Ontology address precisely these needs, but a real effort is required in order to apply such philosophical tools to the domain of Information Systems. Reciprocally, research in the information science raises specific ontological questions which call for further philosophical investigations.
 

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Contents

Methods of Categorization
3
On the Foundational Relations of Ontology
37
How to Be a Bicategorialist
60
Ontology as Reality Representation
73
Ontology Society and Ontotheology
95
Modal Rigidity in the OntoClean Methodology
119
Identity and Modality in OntoClean
128
Formalizing Conceptual Spaces
153
The Place of Language within a Foundational Ontology 222
222
Towards a Generic Foundation for Spatial Ontology
237
A FourDimensionalist Mereotopology
261
Towards a Computational Ontology of Mind
287
An Ontological Formalization of the Planning Task
305
Ontological Foundations of Biological Continuants
319
Philosophical Scrutiny for RunTime Support of Application Ontology Development
342
Author Index
363

An Empirical Perspective
177
An AgentOriented Ontology of Social Reality 199
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