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The term ontology has its origin in philosophy, where it is the name of a fundamental branch of metaphysics concerned with existence.

In both computer science and information science, an ontology is a data model that represents a domain and is used to reason about the objects in that domain and the relations between them. It is specification of a conceptualization - a description of the concepts and relationships that can exist for an agent or a community of agents (Tom Gruber, Stanford University).

Ontologies are used in artificial intelligence, the semantic web, software engineering and information architecture as a form of knowledge representation about the world or some part of it.

An ontology language is a formal language used to encode the ontology. Knoodl uses OWL in its underlying architecture to store the ontology.

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