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Toward a framework for ontology modularity

Khan, Zubeida Casmod and C. Maria Keet (2015) Toward a framework for ontology modularity. In Proceedings Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Computer Scientists and Information Technologists (SAICSIT'15), Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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Abstract

Dividing up data or information into smaller components---modules---is a well-know approach to a range of problems, such as scalability and model comprehension. The use of modules in ontologies at the knowledge layer is receiving increased attention, and a plethora of approaches, algorithms, and tools exist, which, however, yield only very limited success. This is mainly because wrong combinations of techniques are being used. To solve this issue, we examine the modules' use-cases, types, techniques, and properties from the literature. This is used to create a framework for ontology modularity, such that a user with a certain use case will know the type of modules needed, and therewith then also the appropriate technique to realise it and what properties the resultant modules will have. This framework is then evaluated with three case studies, begin the QUDT, FMA, and OpenGalen ontologies.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:Ontologies, Semantic Web, Ontology Modularity
Subjects:I Computing Methodologies: I.2 ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
H Information Systems: H.1 MODELS AND PRINCIPLES
ID Code:1041
Deposited By:Keet, C. Maria
Deposited On:13 November 2015