C-OWL: Contextualizing ontologies

Bouquet, Paolo and Giunchiglia, Fausto and van Harmelen, Frank and Serafini, Luciano and Stuckenschmidt, Heiner (2003) C-OWL: Contextualizing ontologies. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Ontologies are shared models of a domain that encode a view which is common to a set of dierent parties. Contexts are local models that encode a party's subjective view of a domain. In this paper we show how ontologies can be contextualized, thus acquiring certain useful properties that a pure shared approach cannot provide. We say that an ontology is contextualized or, also, that it is a contextual ontology, when its contents are kept local, and therefore not shared with other ontologies, and mapped with the contents of other ontologies via explicit (context) mappings. The result is Context OWL (C-OWL), a language whose syntax and semantics have been obtained by extending the OWL syntax and semantics to allow for the representation of contextual ontologies.

    Item Type: Departmental Technical Report
    Department or Research center: Information Engineering and Computer Science
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA076 Computer software > QA076.7 Programming Languages - Semantics
    Additional Information: Proceedings of the 2nd International Semantic Web Conference ISWC, pp.164-179, 2003.
    Report Number: DIT-03-038
    Repository staff approval on: 01 Sep 2004

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