As you may remember from Part 1, ontologies have a wide range of applications. These include horizontal ontologies and vertical ontologies.

Horizontal ontologies are general in nature, such as space-time relationships. These are common ontologies that span multiple domains, are not applicable to any single vertical space and provide a mechanism to organize and standardize information content. We've employed this type of ontology for years in the form of object models, hierarchies, taxonomies and, in many cases, XML vocabularies.

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