For university I "had" to write a paper about the standardization of ontologies, focussing on the historic evolution, the associated technologies and the theoretical background of logics. To cite the introduction of the paper:
The last years showed different approaches of representing ontologies and integrating them with existing data. The process of integrating the different approaches and tools around ontologies can be viewed by different main characteristics. This paper will take a look at the historic evolution of ontologies and related technologies, the influence and development of related tools and the theoretical background of ontology definition languages together with the resulting inference complexity.
The paper will give you a general overview on ontology definition langauges and the associated problems and algorithm complexity. It includes lots of references to other papers which cover the mentioned topics in more depth and therefore should be a good starting point for everyone with general interest in this topic.
I explicitely license this paper under CC by-sa so it may serve as a base for more detailed papers on similar topics, or might even be integrated on Wikipedia, for example. I, at least, plan to do that with the German Wikipedia once time permits. Because of this I can provide you with the source files for the PDF, which are SVG graphics and the main LaTeX document together with the bibliography. Just drop me a mail, if you are interested.
I hope nobody gets upset because I published this also in the PHP category, but this topic really might influence web development more and more in the not so far future. You might want to start caring about the semantic web.
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