Monday, August 30, 2004

Ontologies

The Role of Ontologies in Teaching and Learning by Ruth Wilson is a white paper on the topic.
Ontologies are currently a buzzword in many communities, hailed as a mechanism for making better use of the Web. They offer a shared definition of a domain that can be understood by computers, enabling them to complete more meaningful tasks. Although ontologies of different descriptions have been in development and use for some time, it is their potential as a key technology in the Semantic Web which is responsible for the current wave of interest. Communities have different expectations of the Semantic Web and how it will be realised, but it is generally believed that ontologies will play a major role.

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This Technology and Standards Watch report discusses ontologies and their role in the Semantic Web, with a special focus on their implications for teaching and learning.

Seen on ResourceShelf.

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