I often struggle to explain the value of ontologies to my clients. The word ‘ontology’ itself sounds complicated, academic, pompous, bombastic, and irrelevant. For that matter, the word bombastic always struck me as, well,
. . . bombastic.
Nevertheless, when you try to look up ‘ontology’ in everyone’s favorite dictionary, err, google, you get an even less helpful definition:NOUN
- 1. the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being.
- 2. a set of concepts and categories in a subject area or domain that shows their properties and the relations between them.