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Reusing ontologies on the semantic web: a feasibility study

Reusing ontologies on the semantic web: a feasibility study
Reusing ontologies on the semantic web: a feasibility study
Technologies for the efficient and effective reuse of ontological knowledge are one of the key success factors for the Semantic Web. Putting aside matters of cost or quality, being reusable is an intrinsic property of ontologies, originally conceived of as a means to enable and enhance the interoperability between computing applications. This article gives an account, based on empirical evidence and real-world findings, of the methodologies, methods and tools currently used to perform ontology-reuse processes. We study the most prominent case studies on ontology reuse, published in the knowledge-/ontology-engineering literature from the early nineties. This overview is complemented by two self-conducted case studies in the areas of eHealth and eRecruitment in which we developed Semantic Web ontologies for different scopes and purposes by resorting to existing ontological knowledge on the Web. Based on the analysis of the case studies, we are able to identify a series of research and development challenges which should be addressed to ensure reuse becomes a feasible alternative to other ontology-engineering strategies such as development from scratch. In particular, we emphasize the need for a context- and task-sensitive treatment of ontologies, both from an engineering and a usage perspective, and identify the typical phases of reuse processes which could profit considerably from such an approach. Further on, we argue for the need for ontology-reuse methodologies which optimally exploit human and computational intelligence to effectively operationalize reuse processes.
ontology reuse, methodology, requirements, ontology engineering, semantic web
0169-023X
905-925
Simperl, E.
40261ae4-c58c-48e4-b78b-5187b10e4f67
Simperl, E.
40261ae4-c58c-48e4-b78b-5187b10e4f67

Simperl, E. (2009) Reusing ontologies on the semantic web: a feasibility study Data & Knowledge Engineering, 68, (10), pp. 905-925. (doi:10.1016/j.datak.2009.02.002).

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Technologies for the efficient and effective reuse of ontological knowledge are one of the key success factors for the Semantic Web. Putting aside matters of cost or quality, being reusable is an intrinsic property of ontologies, originally conceived of as a means to enable and enhance the interoperability between computing applications. This article gives an account, based on empirical evidence and real-world findings, of the methodologies, methods and tools currently used to perform ontology-reuse processes. We study the most prominent case studies on ontology reuse, published in the knowledge-/ontology-engineering literature from the early nineties. This overview is complemented by two self-conducted case studies in the areas of eHealth and eRecruitment in which we developed Semantic Web ontologies for different scopes and purposes by resorting to existing ontological knowledge on the Web. Based on the analysis of the case studies, we are able to identify a series of research and development challenges which should be addressed to ensure reuse becomes a feasible alternative to other ontology-engineering strategies such as development from scratch. In particular, we emphasize the need for a context- and task-sensitive treatment of ontologies, both from an engineering and a usage perspective, and identify the typical phases of reuse processes which could profit considerably from such an approach. Further on, we argue for the need for ontology-reuse methodologies which optimally exploit human and computational intelligence to effectively operationalize reuse processes.

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Published date: October 2009
Keywords: ontology reuse, methodology, requirements, ontology engineering, semantic web
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 351602
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/351602
ISSN: 0169-023X
PURE UUID: 15b4540f-5370-4d26-98b4-92eff96f226e
ORCID for E. Simperl: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1722-947X

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Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 04:24

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