Object-Space and Name-Space

Some ontology background material first published in 2013 The purpose of a formal ontology is to provide a useful, and where possible, accurate model of the real world. Ontologies are made up of elements and relationships. Those elements and relationships are named. It is important to distinguish between the element and its name(s). In the example above we have a hierarchy of types and their names. The similarity between this and a taxonomy is clear, and from a simple example

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