Developing Ontologies withing Decentralized Settings

Garcia, Alexander and O’Neill, Kieran and Garcia, Leyla Jael and Lord, Phillip and Stevens, Robert and Corcho, Oscar and Gibson, Frank (2010). Developing Ontologies withing Decentralized Settings. In: "Semantic e-Science". Annals of Information Systems, 11 . Springer-Verlag, Berlín, Alemania, pp. 99-139. ISBN 978-1-4419-5908-9.


Title: Developing Ontologies withing Decentralized Settings
  • Garcia, Alexander
  • O’Neill, Kieran
  • Garcia, Leyla Jael
  • Lord, Phillip
  • Stevens, Robert
  • Corcho, Oscar
  • Gibson, Frank
  • Chen, H
  • Wang, Y
  • Cheung, KH
Item Type: Book Section
Title of Book: Semantic e-Science
Date: December 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4419-5908-9
Volume: 11
Freetext Keywords: oeg
Faculty: Facultad de Informática (UPM)
Department: Inteligencia Artificial
UPM's Research Group: Ontology Engineering Group – OEG
Creative Commons Licenses: None

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This chapter addresses two research questions: “How should a well-engineered methodology facilitate the development of ontologies within communities of practice?” and “What methodology should be used?” If ontologies are to be developed by communities then the ontology development life cycle should be better understood within this context. This chapter presents the Melting Point (MP), a proposed new methodology for developing ontologies within decentralised settings. It describes how MP was developed by taking best practices from other methodologies, provides details on recommended steps and recommended processes, and compares MP with alternatives. The methodology presented here is the product of direct first-hand experience and observation of biological communities of practice in which some of the authors have been involved. The Melting Point is a methodology engineered for decentralised communities of practice for which the designers of technology and the users may be the same group. As such, MP provides a potential foundation for the establishment of standard practices for ontology engineering.

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Item ID: 5654
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DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-5908-9_4
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Deposited by: Dr Oscar Corcho
Deposited on: 14 Jan 2011 14:15
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 14:24
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