Towards an Ontology of Part-of

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Proceedings of AI'01: Advances in AI 14th Australian Joint Conference on artificial intelligence, 2001, pp. 378 - 389
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It is accepted that ontologies are vitally important for interoperability and information integration. The major part of every ontology is its taxonomy, a hierarchy of the kind-of relation. Aconceptual relation seldom omitted from ontological considerations of a domain is the part-of relation. Guarino and Welty provide an ontology of properties which facilitates dealing with kind-ofwe summarise their proposal from an order-theoretic perspective, and employ it to address part-of. We propose criteria and analyse the resulting classifications of the partof relation. The result is a step towards an ontology of part-of.
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