SUMO (Suggested Upper Merged Ontology)
SUMO (Suggested Upper Merged Ontology) was developed within the
IEEE Standard Upper Ontology Working Group. The goal of
this Working Group is to develop a standard ontology that will promote data
interoperability, information search and retrieval, automated inferencing, and natural
language processing. An ontology is similar to a dictionary or glossary, but with greater
detail and structure that enables computers to process its content. An ontology consists
of a set of concepts, axioms, and relationships that describe a domain of interest. An
upper ontology is limited to concepts that are meta, generic, abstract and philosophical,
and therefore are general enough to address (at a high level) a broad range of domain
areas. Concepts specific to given domains will not be included; however, this standard
will provide a structure and a set of general concepts upon which domain ontologies (e.g.
medical, financial, engineering, etc.) could be constructed.
SUMO is an official 'starter document' in the IEEE SUO working group.
The SUMO main page and the
browser which was designed
for this ontology.
Disclaimer: This transcription of SUMO 1.55 to Protégé is incomplete, but may be useful to
visualize the classes and their relations. All classes are present, and almost all relations and functions
(both represented as slots). No axioms are included, and some predicates have not been ported. Work is continuing
toward a more complete port of SUMO to Protégé.
Contact: Adam Pease
Download the SUMO ontology in Protégé.