The universal ontology: A vision for conceptual modeling and the semantic web
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This paper puts forward a vision of a universal ontology (UO) aiming at solving, or at least greatly alleviating, the semantic integration problem in the field of conceptual modeling and the understandability problem in the field of the semantic web. So far it has been assumed that the UO is not feasible in practice, but we think that it is time to revisit that assumption in the light of the current state-of-the-art. This paper aims to be a step in this direction. We try to make an initial proposal of a feasible UO. We present the scope of the UO, the kinds of its concepts, and the elements that could comprise the specification of each concept. We propose a modular structure for the UO consisting of four levels. We argue that the UO needs a complete set of concept composition operators, and we sketch three of them. We also tackle a few issues related to the feasibility of the UO, which we think that they could be surmountable. Finally, we discuss the desirability of the UO, and we explain why we conjecture that there are already organizations that have the knowledge and resources needed to develop it, and that might have an interest in its development in the near future.
CitationOlivé, A. The universal ontology: A vision for conceptual modeling and the semantic web. A: International Conference on Conceptual Modeling. "Conceptual Modeling: 36th International Conference, ER 2017: Valencia, Spain, November 6–9, 2017: proceedings". Valencia: Springer, 2017, p. 1-17.