We’re talking about relationships, but not the personal kind. A business has its own language based on the product and the organizational lingo. This language is not only critical to being able to communicate with others in your organization as well as with your customers, but it also influences how the programmers and data scientists identify those things that their data systems track, accept and analyze. Forbes brought this interesting information to us in their article, “Why ‘Ontology’ Will Be A Big Word In Your Company’s Future.”

How things relate to one another makes its way into all aspects of the organization and how it is classified is integral to finding the data. The concepts, relationships/properties and individual data and are collectively referred to as an ontology. In effect, the ontology describes the things, the sets of descriptions and the relationships.

Melody K. Smith

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