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6.0: Prelude to Top-Down Ontology Development

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  • We look at ‘avoiding to reinvent the wheel’ and ‘what can guide you to make the process of adding those axioms easier’ by reusing some generic principles. Those generic modeling aspects are typically represented in foundational ontologies, assisted by further details on specific sub-topics. We will cover each in sequence: foundational ontologies, also called top-level or upper ontologies, are introduced in Section 6.1: Foundational Ontologies and subsequently parthood and part-whole relations, as one of the sub-topics, are introduced in Section 6.2: Part-Whole Relations. (The notion of ontology design patterns partially could fit here as well, but also partially as bottom up or practice-oriented; for the latter reason and chapter size considerations, it has been moved to the next chapter.)