Welcome to Vocabularies for Communities of Interest (VCOI) Working Group Wiki
The aim of this working group is to come up with a common, reusable method for OMG Task Forces and SIGs to use when developing vocabularies.
The core proposition is that terms are defined in some context - specifically in this case the context of that Task Force or SIG. Further contextual treatment is merited when a TF or SIG decides to use a definition sourced from elsewhere, since then the context of that external definition needs to be represented.
Simply put a context is itself a concept or a set of concepts (Who, What, When etc.).
Meaning is intended to be derived from some source of formal semantics (e.g. ontology) as a 'concept'.
Then for the TF or SIG:
Term T has meaning of Concept C in context X.
Concepts are considered as being made available as a library of concepts. Meaning (for a term) does NOT rely upon the written definition given for the term, but rather the written definition reflects and is derived from the Concept Library.
The deliverables for anyone applying the desired methodology are:
These may take one or more physical forms:
Another output of applying the methodology when it exists, is the ability to frame questions for the owning TF or SIG, including:
A further deliverable made possible if we use the MVF emerging standard is the ability to annotate models with links to concept and vocabulary.
This is still being explored but will likely consist of
TFs and SIGs may develop their own ontologies for concepts that they choose to define for themselves. Concepts from other sources may already be in the form of ontologies or may be in less ontologically mature formats such as dictionaries or vocabularies.
The activities of this WG are to come up with decisions and policies in the following areas:
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