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Ontology engineering: A reality check

Simperl, E. and Tempich, C., (2006) Ontology engineering: A reality check Meersman, R. and Tari, Z. (eds.) At The 5th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE2006), France. 31 Oct - 02 Nov 2006. , pp. 836-854. (doi:10.1007/11914853_51).

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The theoretical results achieved in the ontology engineering field in the last fifteen years are of incontestable value for the prospected large scale take-up of semantic technologies. Their range of application in real-world projects is, however, so far comparatively limited, despite the growing number of ontologies online available. This restricted impact was confirmed in a three month empirical study, in which we examined over 34 contemporary ontology development projects from a process- and costs-oriented perspective. In this paper we give an account of the results of this study. We conclude that ontology engineering research should strive for a unified, lightweight and component-based methodological framework, principally targeted at domain experts, in addition to consolidating the existing approaches.

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Published date: October 2006
Venue - Dates: The 5th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE2006), France, 2006-10-31 - 2006-11-02
Organisations: Web & Internet Science


Local EPrints ID: 351643
ISBN: 978-3-540-48287-1
PURE UUID: 89ef54a6-803d-4501-8c38-85350095883e
ORCID for E. Simperl: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 13 May 2013 15:22
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 04:24

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Author: E. Simperl ORCID iD
Author: C. Tempich
Editor: R. Meersman
Editor: Z. Tari

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