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A Framework for Cooperative Ontology Construction Based on Dependency Management of Modules.

Conference: Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Emergent Semantics and Ontology Evolution, ESOE 2007, co-located with ISWC 2007 + ASWC 2007, Busan, Korea, November 12th, 2007
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To construct large scale ontologies, two major approaches are discussed by many researchers. One is a cooperative construction of ontologies, and the other is a modularization of ontologies. To combine these two approaches, this paper discusses a framework for supporting cooperative ontology construction based on dependency management among modularized ontologies. In such a situation, one of the key issues is the maintenance of consistency among inter-dependent ontologies because each ontology is revised asynchronously by different developers. In order to realize consistent development of ontologies, the framework provides two functions: to manage the dependencies between ontology modules and to keep and restore consistencies between them when they are influenced by changes of other modules. Furthermore, we outline an implementation of our framework in our environment for building/using ontology: Hozo.

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Available from: Riichiro Mizoguchi, Jul 16, 2014
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    • "Hozo has more than 1,500 users around the world, and it has been used to implement various ontologies for functional design, oil refinery plant, genomics, medicine, learning and instructional theories, and so on. The features of Hozo include: (1) supporting role representation (Mizoguchi et al. 2007), (2) visualization of ontologies in a friendly GUI, and (3) distributed development based on the management of dependencies between ontologies (Kozaki et al. 2007a). Hozo's native language is an XML-based frame language, and ontologies can be exported in OWL and RDF(S). "
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