It doesn't seem anyone is really sure what an ontology is. It has a background in metaphysics, but has since been taken over by the Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Representation people.
According to the folks at Stanford an ontology is "a specification of a conceptualization" or a formal description of "the concepts and relationships that can exist for an agent or a community of agents".
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