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About me:
I served as an Army Officer for 10 years, worked in the US Civil Service for 10 years, and worked as a Management Consultant for 20 years.

I envisioned everything as an interconnected hypergraph (e.g., a concept map) at age six, in 1957, perceiving cause and effect chains everywhere.

By age 16 I created a “spiral of knowledge” for species-wide education and sharing.

From then, I studied knowledge-organization systems (KOS) such as general semantics (abstraction, architecting), class and instance relations (i.e., metamodels and models, concept maps, triples, graphs), NKOS, SKOS, information theory, dictionaries, thesauri, and encyclopedias.

From 1980, I created and refined an integrating operations lifecycle process with a unified top ontology (knowledge model), based on the premise that "there is only one system - everything else is a subsystem", which implies wholeness, oneness, and interconnection as the foundational state of all things. This wholeness requires all recognizable things to be discovered, named, known, related, and specified, which led to my research into terminology and its components.
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