Ontologies: Dynamic Networks of Formally Represented Meaning

Dieter Fensel

Abstract: The computer was invented as a device for computation. Meanwhile the “computer” becomes a portal to cyberspace. It has become an entry point to a world-wide network of information exchange and business transactions. Therefore, technology that supports access to unstructured, heterogeneous and distributed information and knowledge sources will become as essential as programming languages were in the 60’s and 70’s. In this essay, we examine some of the essential requirements for such a technology.