Title: An ontology of controversial terms at the core of the systems life cycle

Authors: Lila Rao; Gunjan Mansingh; Evan W. Duggan

Addresses: Mona School of Business and Management, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica ' Department of Computing, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica ' Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica

Abstract: The information system (IS) discipline has been plagued by the absence of agreed definitions of the numerous terminologies that are used throughout the range of processes and activities employed to deliver applications for productive use. This lack of agreement also has constraining implications for cumulative research in the discipline. In this paper, we propose a solution to the problem that involves the development of a formal IS domain ontology using a methodology that focuses on ensuring the completeness and consistency of the ontology. The ontology provides a mechanism for standardising the vocabulary in the domain, classifying concepts and terms, representing relationships, identifying synonyms and homonyms, and it identifies the instances of these concepts and relationships. Our solution will facilitate knowledge sharing in the information systems community and further scholarly activities which require a deeper understanding of the structure of information in this domain.

Keywords: ontology; knowledge representation; knowledge sharing; information systems delivery; IS classification; IS terminology; vocabulary standardisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMSO.2014.063135

International Journal of Metadata, Semantics and Ontologies, 2014 Vol.9 No.3, pp.171 - 183

Received: 06 Feb 2013
Accepted: 03 Jan 2014

Published online: 03 Jul 2014 *

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