Space and Time in Eco-Ontologies

Frederico Fonseca and James Martin

In this paper we are interested in identifying the ecologically relevant points of an ontology. What is it that makes an ontology more or less ecological? Specifically, it is a question whether or not the integration of two or more ecological ontologies furthers ecological analysis by showing how a function described by one of the ontologies is carried out. We discuss the importance of recursion, roles, space, and time for the differentiation of eco-ontologies from other non-ecological ontologies.

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