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Ontology, ontologies and the “I” of FAIR
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Abstract: According to the FAIR guiding principles, one of the central attributes for maximizing the added value of information artifacts is interoperability. In this paper, I discuss the importance, and propose a characterization of the notion of Semantic Interoperability. Moreover, I show that a direct con- sequence of this view is that Semantic Interoperability cannot be achieved without the support of, on one hand, (i) ontologies, as meaning contracts capturing the conceptualizations represented in information artifacts and, on the other hand, of (ii) Ontology, as a discipline proposing formal meth- ods and theories for clarifying these conceptualizations and articulating their representations. In particular, I discuss the fundamental role of formal ontological theories (in the latter sense) to properly ground the construction of representation languages, as well as methodological and computational tools for supporting the engineering of ontologies (in the former sense) in the context of FAIR.
Keywords: FAIR, Semantic Interoperability, Ontology, ontologies
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G. Guizzardi. Ontology, ontologies and the “I” of FAIR. Data Intelligence 2(2020), 181–191. doi: 10.1162/dint_a_00040
Giancarlo Guizzardi
Giancarlo Guizzardi is currently a professor of computer science and head of the Conceptualand Cognitive Modeling Research Group (CORE) at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.He has a PhD in Computer Science (with the highest distinction) from the University of Twente,The Netherlands. He has been working for more than two decades in the interplay between formaland applied ontology, cognitive science, philosophical logics, linguistics, and computer science(in particular, in the areas of conceptual modeling, enterprise modeling and knowledgerepresentation). He has published circa 270 papers, many of which have received best paperawards in important conferences. He has also played a multitude of roles in key conferences inthe field (e.g., general chair, program committee chair, and keynote speaker). Finally, he is anassociate editor for the Applied Ontology journal, member of a number of international journaleditorial boards, and of the Advisory Board of the International Association for Ontology and itsApplications (IAOA).
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