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29 May 2015

Controlled language finds results

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The term ontology is one that is used with various different meanings. At different points in time these different definitions can be contradictory.

Research Fellow Dr David McMeekin has released a report on ontologies, vocabularies and various tools; an environmental scan of tools for ontologies and vocabularies.

The search for words results in different uses and meanings. Over the internet this can produce the wide-ranging relevant to irrelevant return on any key word search. The use of a controlled vocabulary within computing terms will return a more relevant collection of information.

Dr McMeekin writes that a vocabulary has been considered a special type of ontology, and in many cases is simply a collection of URIs with a described meaning (semantic web.org). An ontology is a way in which data can be represented and vocabularies are a type of data.

The term ontology is one that is used with various different meanings. At different points in time these different definitions can be contradictory – such as 40 different terms used as types of ontologies or at least ontological frameworks. With this number of terms often used in reference to ontologies it is quite understandable that there may be misunderstandings as well as misinformation about ontologies.

Dr McMeekin's report is the first comprehensive compendium of tools in this area. A copy of the report can be downloaded here or follow this link to find out more about the work of Program 3.01 – Semantic Web Technologies.

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