Title: Towards a representation for multi-viewpoints ontology alignments

Authors: Lynda Djakhdjakha; Mounir Hemam; Zizette Boufaïda

Addresses: Department of Computer Science, Guelma University, Guelma 24000, Algeria; LIRE Laboratory, University of Constantine 2, Constantine 25000, Algeria ' Department of Computer Science, Khenchela University, Khenchela 40000, Algeria; LIRE Laboratory, University of Constantine 2, Constantine 25000, Algeria ' LIRE Laboratory, University of Constantine 2, Constantine 25000, Algeria

Abstract: In a heterogeneous multi-communities organisation, several communities or groups of users exist with their own viewpoints. Multi-viewpoint ontologies are becoming a crucial aspect in overcoming the limitations of sharing knowledge and keeping the viewpoint of each member of the community. Various ontology alignment approaches have been proposed; however, no system has explored the problem of ontology alignment in the specific context of multi-viewpoints. Moreover, the proposed alignment formats are not sufficient to cover the representation needs of the multi-viewpoints ontology alignments. The key insight into this work is that multi-viewpoints alignment is a set of semantic correspondences between multi-viewpoints ontology elements. Thus, this work focuses on the proposition of a new format allowing the presentation of semantic mapping between multi-viewpoints ontology elements. The extended multi-viewpoints alignment format has the possibility to take into account the different viewpoints' aspects in formal way.

Keywords: ontology alignments; semantic correspondences; semantics; ontologies; multiple viewpoints; alignment representation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMSO.2014.060324

International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies, 2014 Vol.9 No.2, pp.91 - 102

Received: 03 Sep 2012
Accepted: 02 Aug 2013

Published online: 10 Apr 2014 *

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