gist™ is our minimalist upper ontology. It is designed to have the maximum coverage of typical business ontology concepts with the fewest number of primitives and the least amount of ambiguity. Our gist™ ontology is free (as in free speech and free beer–it is covered under the Creative Commons 3.0 attribution share-alike license). You can use as you see fit for any purpose, just give us attribution.
Introducing Version 7.0
We have just released gist version 7.0. It is a major upgrade from our last released version (6.7.1). The main differences are:
- Gist 7.0 is extremely modular. There are 18 modules that can be used collectively or in subsets if you don’t need all the concepts in gist
- Gist 7.0 is more elegant than its predecessors. We have reduced the number of top level concepts that everything else derives from to 12. And these 12 concepts are not philosophical abstractions like endurants and perdurants, or qualia, there are normal terms whose definitions are quite close to what you already believe.
- Gist 7.0 has more extensive and more-fine grained disjointness at the highest level. It turns out that in order for an upper ontology to help you avoid making logical errors in your derived enterprise or application ontology, it needs to make use of disjointness. Without disjointness, the reasoner does not find logic errors.
If you’d like to use the files locally, download a zipped archive which contains the 18 modules of gist as well as a visio diagram of the ontology.
You can also import these files directly into your ontology editor of choice (Protegé, Topbraid, etc.). The import will take care of the dependencies.
Note importing gistCore will recursively import all other modules.
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About Version 7.0
The actual dependencies look like this:
We main a repository of previous versions for convenience. You can view previous versions of gist here.