Dependencies between ontology design parameters
Author: Keet, C. Maria
Source: International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies, Volume 5, Number 4, 30 September 2010 , pp. 265-284(20)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:Development and use of ontologies is increasing, but hampered by new challenges, such as determining which ontologies to reuse and which language to use. Ontology development methodologies provide scenarios, but they do not address the dependencies between the permutations at the different stages in the development process. To improve the efficiency and effectiveness of this endeavour, we group inputs into parameters and examine the dependencies between them. The parameters considered are: nine main purpose(s) of the ontology, reuse of the three main types of ontologies, eight different ways for bottom‐up ontology development, eight ontology languages, and four types of reasoning services. All dependencies between these parameters have been assessed and useful combinations are motivated. The dependencies are due to, primarily, computational challenges and types of subject domain of the ontologies. This analysis is assessed against a set of ontologies and a survey among ontology developers, whose results concur with the theoretical assessment.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: KRDB Research Centre, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Piazza Domenicani 3, Bolzano, Italy
Publication date: 30 September 2010
- International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies aims at publishing research advances and discussions about meta-data in a broad sense, and about their associated semantics and ontological structures, from a multi-disciplinary perspective, and with an emphasis on domain-specific ontologies and organisational, human interaction and social issues regarding metadata annotation, use and assessment. It also intends covering Semantic Web research, as a concrete metadata-intensive technological framework in which shared and standardised semantics are a critical issue.
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