The Functions of Definitions in Ontologies

  title={The Functions of Definitions in Ontologies},
  author={S. Sepp{\"a}l{\"a} and Alan Ruttenberg and Barry Smith},
  booktitle={Formal Ontology in Information Systems},
To understand what ontologies do through their definitions, we propose a theoretical explanation of the functions of definitions in ontologies backed by empirical neuropsychological studies. Our goal is to show how these functions should motivate (i) the systematic inclusion of definitions in ontologies and (ii) the adaptation of definition content and form to the specific context of use of ontologies. 

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