Title: The interplay of knowledge engineering and cognitive psychology: learning ontologies creating

Authors: Tatiana Gavrilova; Irina Leshcheva

Addresses: Graduate School of Management, Saint-Petersburg University, Volkhovsky per, 3, 199004, Saint-Petersburg, Russia ' Graduate School of Management, Saint-Petersburg University, Volkhovsky per, 3, 199004, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Abstract: The paper tries to marry cognitive issues of knowledge engineering and knowledge management in order to provide a new methodology for initial knowledge structuring. Ontology was chosen as the contemporary most comprehensive knowledge representation and codification model. Our approach uses participatory action research project in which some hypotheses about the relations between the cognitive style and ontology development are suggested. The methodology used simple, affordable technologies such as pen-and-pencil techniques for visual structuring experiments. The paper is aimed to integrate cognitive style individual features of knowledge analysts into the specifics of ontology design. It was found that personal peculiarities of cognitive style affect the topology and quality of knowledge structures. These findings provide some implications for collaborative ontology design and development. The knowledge structuring issues derived in this project can be used by managers and practitioners to address knowledge work and organisational learning.

Keywords: ontologies; knowledge engineering; conceptual structuring; collaborative design; collective ontology design; collective ontology engineering; cognitive style; cognitive ergonomics; cognitive psychology; knowledge management; knowledge structuring; participatory action research; organisational learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKL.2015.071617

International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, 2015 Vol.10 No.2, pp.182 - 197

Available online: 04 Sep 2015 *

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