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A Holistic Approach to Collaborative Ontology Development Based on Change Management

23 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2018 Publication Status: Accepted

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Raul Palma

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Ontology Engineering Group; Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center

Oscar Corcho

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Ontology Engineering Group; University of Manchester - School of Computer Science

Asunción Gómez-Pérez

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Ontology Engineering Group; Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Higher Technical School of Computer Engineers

Peter Haase

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB)

Abstract

This paper describes our methodological and technological approach for collaborative ontology development in inter-organizational settings. It is based on the formalization of the collaborative ontology development process by means of an explicit editorial workflow, which coordinates proposals for changes among ontology editors in a flexible manner. This approach is supported by new models, methods and strategies for ontology change management in distributed environments: we propose a new form of ontology change representation, organised in layers so as to provide as much independence as possible from the underlying ontology languages, together with methods and strategies for their manipulation, version management, capture, storage and maintenance, some of which are based on existing proposals in the state of the art. Moreover, we propose a set of change propagation strategies that allow keeping distributed copies of the same ontology synchronized. Finally, we illustrate and evaluate our approach with a test case in the fishery domain from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The preliminary results obtained from our evaluation suggest positive indication  on the practical value and usability of the work here presented.

Keywords: Collaborative Ontology Development, Ontology Changes, Ontology Metadata

Suggested Citation

Palma, Raul and Corcho, Oscar and Gómez-Pérez, Asunción and Haase, Peter, A Holistic Approach to Collaborative Ontology Development Based on Change Management (2011). Journal of Web Semantics First Look 9_3_5, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3199524 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3199524

Raul Palma (Contact Author)

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Ontology Engineering Group ( email )

Madrid
Spain

Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center ( email )

Poznan
Poland

Oscar Corcho

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Ontology Engineering Group ( email )

Madrid
Spain

University of Manchester - School of Computer Science

Kilburn Building, Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9GH, M13 9PL
United Kingdom

Asunción Gómez-Pérez

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Ontology Engineering Group

Madrid
Spain

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Higher Technical School of Computer Engineers ( email )

Madrid, 28040
Spain

Peter Haase

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods (AIFB) ( email )

Kaiserstraße 12
Karlsruhe, Baden Württemberg 76131
Germany

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