, Volume 18, Issue 3, pp 379–394 | Cite as

Ontological Aspects of Measurement

  • Holger Andreas
Original Paper


The concept of measurement is fundamental to a whole range of different disciplines, including not only the natural and engineering sciences, but also laboratory medicine and certain branches of the social sciences. This being the case, the concept of measurement has a particular relevance to the development of top-level ontologies in the area of knowledge engineering. For this reason, the present paper is concerned with ontological aspects of measurement. We are searching for a list of concepts that are apt to characterize measurement methods in a general manner. To establish such means of characterization, we will primarily deal with the semantics of measurement values.


Formal ontology Measurement theory Metrization 



This work was supported by a grant of the DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service. I am also grateful to an unknown reviewer for helpful comments on an earlier draft.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IMISEUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Institute of PhilosophyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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