The Ontology of Computational Artifacts
Duncan, William Dupree
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Increasingly, scientific research is conducted using computational artifacts, that is: hardware and software. To understand the results of such research, descriptions need to be provided of how these results were achieved, and such descriptions will need to document the computational artifacts used. In this dissertation, I provide a controlled structured vocabulary (an ontology) of computational artifacts to be used in such descriptions. The ontology is developed against a background of philosophical analysis of terms such as `hardware', `software', and `artifact', with the intention of creating an ontological framework that is both philosophically and logically robust and also able to be integrated with other ontologies designed to support scientific research.