The paper defines a schema in which to describe applied ontologies of any kind. In contradistinction to the main trend in engineering metaontology the main ideas that support this schema are inspired by philosophy. Namely, we look at the domain of applied ontologies from the point of view of a certain metaphilosophical tradition. Nevertheless, the final result of our considerations is an engineering artefact, i.e., an OWL ontology. For the sake of validation we employ it to describe a few exemplary applied ontologies.
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