Realism for scientific ontologies

Michel Dumontier, Robert Hoehndorf

Allbwn ymchwil: Pennod mewn Llyfr/Adroddiad/Trafodion CynhadleddTrafodion Cynhadledd (Nid-Cyfnodolyn fathau)

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Science aims to develop an accurate understanding of reality through a variety of rigorously empirical and formal methods. Ontologies are used to formalize the meaning of terms within a domain of discourse. The Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) is an ontology of particular importance in the biomedical domains, where it provides the top-level for numerous ontologies, including those admitted as part of the OBO Foundry collection. The BFO requires that all classes in an ontology are actually instantiated in reality. Despite the fact that it is hard to show whether entities of some kind exist or do not exist in reality (especially for unobservable entities like elementary particles), this criterion fails to satisfy the need of scientists to communicate their findings and theories unambiguously. We discuss the problems that arise due to the BFO's realism criterion and suggest viable alternatives.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
TeitlFormal Ontology in Information Systems, Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference, FOIS 2010
GolygyddionAntony Galton, Riichiro Mizoguchi
Man cyhoeddiAmsterdam
CyhoeddwrIOS Press
Nifer y tudalennau13
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 01 Mai 2010
Digwyddiad6th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2010) - Toronto, Canada
Hyd: 11 Mai 201014 Mai 2010

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EnwFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
CyhoeddwrIOS Press


Cynhadledd6th International Conference on Formal Ontology in Information Systems (FOIS 2010)
Cyfnod11 Mai 201014 Mai 2010

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