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RE: [ontac-forum] ISO 15926 and BFO

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From: "West, Matthew R SIPC-DFD/321" <matthew.west@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 10:51:15 -0000
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Dear Colleagues,    (01)

Just as an explanation of Barry's quip here for those who are not familiar
with the "controversies" of upper ontologies.    (02)

> >Many of the qualities needed by the Basic Formal Ontology 
> (as discussed at:
> >
> ><http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~akumar/JAIS.pdf>http://www.uni-le
> ipzig.de/~akumar/JAIS.pdf 
> >
> >and elsewhere are available in the ISO 15926 set of concepts.
> >
> I hope so. It would be sad if ISO did not recognize the distinction 
> between continuants and occurrents.    (03)

MW: For those that are not familiar, ISO 15926 is a 4D ontology and so
does not recognise physical objects as continuants (things that are
wholly present at each point in time and so do not have temporal parts)
but considers them to be spatio-remporal extents (extended in time and
having temporal parts or states). BFO takes the alternate view, hence
the banter.    (04)

Regards    (05)

Matthew West
Reference Data Architecture and Standards Manager
Shell International Petroleum Company Limited
Shell Centre, London SE1 7NA, United Kingdom    (06)

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