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Ontology & Research

07/08/2011

Ontology and its relevance to Research

Tom Gruber’s definition: “An ontology is an explicit specification of a conceptualization.”

As far as I can understand, when we have an ‘idea’, we need to be able to make sense of it by relating to something we know, which already exists. If nothing exists, then we need to be able to make the idea somehow feasible. The process by which we would do this is ‘ontology’ – making an idea concrete, presentable and relative.

This is my initial response, or put in a non-academic term ‘the gut feeling’. As for its relevance to research, how can you research something that does not exist, either in abstract or concrete form? By conceptualisation. It is the bigger picture.

Watch this space…This is definitely work in progress.

 

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