A Meta-ontological Architecture for Foundational Ontologies

  • Heinrich Herre
  • Frank Loebe
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11575801_29

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3761)
Cite this paper as:
Herre H., Loebe F. (2005) A Meta-ontological Architecture for Foundational Ontologies. In: Meersman R., Tari Z. (eds) On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems 2005: CoopIS, DOA, and ODBASE. OTM 2005. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3761. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

In this paper we present and discuss a meta-ontological architecture for ontologies which centers on abstract core ontologies (ACOs). An ACO is the most abstract part of a foundational ontology. It is useful for an ontologically founded description of ontologies themselves, therefore ACOs are lifted to the meta-level. We propose a three-layered meta-ontological architecture which distinguishes an object level comprising foundational, generic or domain-specific ontologies, a meta-level with abstract core ontologies, and a meta-meta-level employing abstract top ontologies for the formalization of the underlying levels. Moreover, two axiomatic fragments for ACOs are provided, one of which is applied to formal concept lattices [1]. This demonstrates the use of ACOs for the ontological foundation of representation formalisms and illustrates advantages in comparison to the usual direct formal reduction to set theory. Finally, related work with respect to the architecture is briefly discussed.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinrich Herre
    • 1
  • Frank Loebe
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Group Ontologies in Medicine (Onto-Med), Institute of Medical Informatics, Statistics, and Epidemiology (IMISE) and, Institute of Informatics (IfI)Leipzig UniversityGermany

Personalised recommendations