F. 24 MarineTLO: A Top-Level Ontology for the Marine Domain
Is a top-level ontology, generic enough to provide consistent abstractions or specifications of concepts included in all data models or ontologies of marine data sources and provide the necessary properties to make this distributed knowledge base a coherent source of facts relating observational data with the respective spatiotemporal context and categorical (systematic) domain knowledge.
The model is formulated as an object-oriented semantic model, hence it has meta-class and class levels, as shown below.
The first broad division into persistent items and temporal phenomenon, looks similar to the endurantist’s continuant and occurrent distinction.
F.24.3 Key characteristics
Appears to have a lightweight top-level – with few ontological commitments.
Possibly an endurantist commitment.
“Formulation – It is an object-oriented semantic model, expressed to a form comprehensible to both documentation experts and information scientists while readily can be converted to machine-readable formats such as RDF Schema, OWL, etc”
Continue to Appendix G: Prior ontological commitment literature