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J. Neil Otte
Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Barry Smith
State University of New York, Buffalo
Abstract
Basic Formal Ontology (BFO) is a top-level ontology used in hundreds of active projects in scientific and other domains. BFO has been selected to serve as top-level ontology in the Industrial Ontologies Foundry (IOF), an initiative to create a suite of ontologies to support digital manufacturing on the part of representatives from a number of branches of the advanced manufacturing industries. We here present a first draft set of axioms and definitions of an IOF upper ontology descending from BFO. The axiomatization is designed to capture the meanings of terms commonly used in manufacturing and is designed to serve as starting point for the construction of the IOF ontology suite.
Keywords Basic Formal Ontology (BFO)  Industrial Ontologies Foundry (IOF)  top-level ontology  manufacturing
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