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n. ~ 1. Philosophy · The study of the nature of existence. - 2. Computing · The study of concepts and their relationships in an information system.

(Personal communication, Ken Thibodeau, 22 October 2003) As used in [computer science] circles, an ontology2 is a family tree of taxonomies. Whereas a taxonomy orders members of a single taxon, an ontology specifies relationships among taxa whose respective members, absent the ontology, might not be seen as having any relationship.