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Cloud Computing Ontology
domain ontologies
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9/4/12 1:59 PM
Considering the Wikipedia statement below: Can “Cloud Computing” replace “domain” (except for last one)? In the last paragraph, can Cloud Computing be added? If your answer is yes to both questions and NIST’s CC taxonomy is sufficient for a CC BoK.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontology_(information_science)#Domain_ontologies_and_upper_ontologies: “In computer science and information science, an ontology formally represents knowledge as a set of concepts within a domain, and the relationships among those concepts. It can be used to reason about the entities within that domain and may be used to describe the domain. In theory, an ontology is a "formal, explicit specification of a shared conceptualisation".[1] An ontology renders shared vocabulary and taxonomy which models a domain with the definition of objects and/or concepts and their properties and relations.[2] Ontologies are the structural frameworks for organizing information and are used in artificial intelligence, the Semantic Web, systems engineering, software engineering, biomedical informatics, library science, enterprise bookmarking, and information architecture as a form of knowledge representation about the world or some part of it. The creation of domain ontologies is also fundamental to the definition and use of an enterprise architecture framework.”

Where is the cloud computing vocabulary defined? Who is going to maintain vocabulary?
Chuck Hamstra
RE: Cloud Computing Ontology
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9/4/12 3:07 PM as a reply to Charles Hamstra.
It seems to me that there are two issues here. One is the cloud ontology, which NIST has attempted to lay out, and which is represented in the taxonomy drawing (the one that looks like a mind map). The other is the vocabulary used in referring to items attributes, relationships within the ontology. That second item is what is addressed by the glossaries that are made available with Guides to BoKs, like the PMBOK, SWEBOK, etc. Glossaries are simple lists of words with their associated meanings. Here is an example from Ventana Research:

Analytics: The technology that uses mathematical computations and models to generate relevant historical and predictive insights that can be used to optimize business- and IT-related processes.

Big data: The situation in which an organization is facing the need to store, process and use data of significantly greater volume than was previously the case (typically one terabyte or more).

Cloud computing: Computation, software, data access and storage services that do not require end-user knowledge of the physical location and configuration of the system that delivers the services.

Collaboration (business and social): The process and practice of interacting with others, using either business collaboration tools or social media, to communicate and share information.

Mobile technology: Wireless portable Internet-access devices, originating in consumer markets (for example, smartphones and tablets) but now being used for business purposes.

Social media: Websites or Internet-using services that enable social interaction.