Title: Reuse existing ontologies in an ontology development process - an integration-oriented ontology development methodology

Authors: Nelson K.Y. Leung; Sim Kim Lau; Nicole Tsang

Addresses: Swinburne Business School, Swinburne University of Technology, 50 Wakefield Streets, Hawthorn, Victoria 3122, Australia ' School of Information Systems and Technology, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia ' Department of Business Information Systems and Logistics, RMIT University Vietnam, 702 Nguyen Van Linh Blvd., Q7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Abstract: Ontologies are the building block of the Semantic Web and a diverse range of ontologies of different domains have been constructed and shared by the ontology community. In this regard it is not impractical to reuse existing ontologies that are available publicly instead of constructing ontology from scratch each time. This paper proposes and develops guidelines on how to select ontology merging and integration in an ontology development process. The paper aims to address the gap in literature where little information and guidance are available in determining how to reuse ontology through the process of ontology merging and integration. In addition the paper also proposes a semi-automatic way of performing ontology integration. An application scenario has been presented to illustrate how the proposed methodology is applied.

Keywords: ontologies; ontology integration; ontology merging; ontology development; ontology reuse.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWS.2014.066435

International Journal of Web Science, 2014 Vol.2 No.3, pp.159 - 180

Available online: 18 Dec 2014 *

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