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Information Modeling,
Taxonomy & Ontology

Information models are central to establishing a common point of reference in your organization. It ensures that people are talking about the same thing.

Taxonomy is the practice of classifying defining, and structuring objects and their attributes based on their form. Taxonomies take the form of a hierarchical tree which becomes less abstract and more specific the further you go down in it. This should be done to a level of detail which ensures any newly discovered object must fit into one and only one classification. An example of this is the classification of species. As an example, using this classification, biologists can determine if an animal is a new species or fits into an existing species in the taxonomy. The same possibility is available for products, processes and any other class of object provided the defined taxonomy is detailed enough.

We at Ortelius believe that building solid taxonomies is the foundation of a trusted information model.

While a taxonomy focuses on applying rigor in defining objects, an ontology describes the context, relationship, and constraints that an object is subject to in a given domain. To put it more simply, it describes how an object relates to the things around it. They typically create the connections between distinct taxonomies. For example, a person could be defined as a human using classification of species, that is their taxonomy. However, that same person could have many different ontological relationships to people and things. They could be a mother, a manager, a homeowner, but please note that these ontological relationships make no changes to the persons taxonomy.

Mixing ontological relationships with taxonomical definitions is a common issue in information modelling, which can be mitigated by defining strong taxonomies as a starting point for your ontologies.

By way of information modelling, we create dynamic digital models of businesses for customers to visualize and understand their current and future scenarios. We provide the expertise in designing taxonomy and ontology based solutions. 

Or in other words – this is our every day business.

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