I agree with this assessment. By "form of structure", I'm considering
"architecture" as the appropriate term for that form.
If you consider "structure" of a thing (a named/identified thing,
specifically) as being the infinitely complex (i.e., fractal), implicate
arrangement of the parts of the thing (i.e., its parts and their
relationships") in nature, the thing's reality, then "architecture" is the
subset of that thing's infinite structure that we can:
* perceive via our senses (animal and/or technically-extended) and
thoughts (individual and/or group imaginings),
* model mentally (perhaps reflecting the way the brain works) and/or
as a record (via diagramming as in directed labeled graphs (DLG), via
structured text such as RDF/OWL triples, or in unstructured text by tagging,
linking, etc.), and
* sometimes share (via gesture, image, word) via our body (via
voice, eye, gesture, etc.) or our technological extensions of that body
(e.g., tele-things such as drums to smoke signals to Internet).
>From this perspective, everyone builds an "architecture" of their world
(with all of their unique facets/views/vantage points), and sometimes shares
that architecture with others (via stories, societal constraints, , mind
maps (as taxonomies) concept maps (as rudimentary semantic models, data
models, and ontologies), etc.) Thus an architecture also fits the definition
of an ontology (a "model of how something works", or in more AI specific
terms, a "specification of a conceptualization", or "details of a perceived
Enterprise Engineer, Context Engineer, Enterprise Architect
] On Behalf Of Karl Fast
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2005 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: [facetedclassification] Re: Ontology vs. taxonomy
> In any case, they are all forms of controlled vocabulary, an
> traditional aspect of library science.
I would suggest that, more generally, they are all forms of
structure. They are ways of giving form and arrangement to
information. They make certain elements, patterns, and relationships
explicit, revealing what is otherwise implicit, latent, or tacit.
In this admittedly broad view (perhaps overbroad), a CV has much in
common with a navigation scheme.
Thanks for playing.
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