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Achieving maturity: the state of practice in ontology engineering in 2009

Simperl, E., Mochol, M. and Buerger, T. (2010) Achieving maturity: the state of practice in ontology engineering in 2009 International Journal of Computer Science and Applications, 7, (1), pp. 45-65.

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In this paper we give an account of the current state of practice in ontology engineering based on the findings of a six months empirical survey we performed between October 2008 and March 2009 that analysed 148 ontology engineering projects from industry and academia. The survey focused on process-related issues and looked into the impact of research achievements on real-world ontology engineering projects, the complexity of particular ontology development tasks, the level of tool support, and the usage scenarios for ontologies. The main contributions of this survey compared to other works in the ontology engineering community are twofold: Firstly, the size of the data set the results are grounded on is by far larger than every other similar endeavour published in the last years. Secondly, the findings of the survey confirm the fact that ontology engineering is an established engineering discipline in respect of the maturity and level of acceptance of its main components, methodologies, methods and software tools, whereas further research should target the customization of existing technology to the specifics of vertical domains, as well as economic aspects of ontology engineering.

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Published date: 2010
Keywords: ontology engineering, survey, state of the art
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 351596
ISSN: 0972-9038
PURE UUID: 28192452-74fa-4ae3-828a-06fb15be0dc9
ORCID for E. Simperl: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 29 Apr 2013 11:31
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 04:24

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Author: M. Mochol
Author: T. Buerger

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