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Why are Ontologies Not Reused Across the Same Domain?

17 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2019 First Look: Accepted

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Mariano Fernández-López

Universidad San Pablo CEU - Higher Polytechnic School

María Poveda-Villalón

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Higher Technical School of Computer Engineers

Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Higher Technical School of Computer Engineers

Asunción Gómez-Pérez

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

Abstract

Even though one of the main characteristics of ontologies has always been claimed to be their reusability, throughout this paper it will be shown that ontology reuse across a given domain is not a consolidated practice. We have carried out a statistical study on ontology reuse in the ontologies collected in Linked Open Vocabularies (LOV), in addition to a particular analysis of a use case. The results of the present work show that, when building an ontology, the heterogeneity between the needed conceptualisation and that of available ontologies, as well as the deficiencies in some of such ontologies (concerning documentation, licensing, etc.) are important obstacles for reusing ontologies of the same domain of the ontology under development. A possible approach to lessen these problems could be the creation of communities similar to open software ones in charge of developing and maintaining ontologies.

Keywords: Ontology reuse, Ontology reliability, Ontology heterogeneity, Percentage of reuse, Reuse patterns, Drawbacks for reuse

Suggested Citation

Fernández-López, Mariano and Poveda-Villalón, María and Suárez-Figueroa, Mari Carmen and Gómez-Pérez, Asunción, Why are Ontologies Not Reused Across the Same Domain? (January 14, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3315457 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3315457

Mariano Fernández-López (Contact Author)

Universidad San Pablo CEU - Higher Polytechnic School

Issac Peral, 58
28040 Madrid, 28003
Spain

María Poveda-Villalón

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Higher Technical School of Computer Engineers

Madrid, 28040
Spain

Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid - Higher Technical School of Computer Engineers

Madrid, 28040
Spain

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

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