What are the differences between a vocabulary, a taxonomy, a thesaurus, an ontology, and a meta-model?

by Volker Weber

This excellent overview was contributed by Woody Pidcock of the Boeing company. Many organizations and companies are struggling with these terms and the ideas behind them; this set of definitions will help to clarify.

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John Keys, 2003-03-02

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