Using C-OWL for the Alignment and Merging of Medical Ontologies

Stuckenschmidt, Heiner and van Harmelen, Frank and Serafini, Luciano and Bouquet, Paolo and Giunchiglia, Fausto (2004) Using C-OWL for the Alignment and Merging of Medical Ontologies. UNSPECIFIED.

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    A number of sophisticated medical ontologies have been created over the past years. With their development the need for supporting the alignment of different ontologies is gaining importance. We proposed C-OWL, an extension of the Web Ontology Language OWL that supports alignment mappings between different, possibly incompatible ontologies on a semantic level. In this paper we report experiences from using C-OWL for the alignment of medical ontologies. We briefly review key concepts of the C-OWL semantics, explain the setting of the case study including some examples from the alignment and discuss the possibility of reasoning about the mapping based on the C-OWL semantics. We conclude by arguing that C-OWL provides an adequate framework for aligning complex ontologies in the medical domain.

    Item Type: Departmental Technical Report
    Department or Research center: Information Engineering and Computer Science
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA076 Computer software
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Biomedical Knowledge representation, validation and maintenance; Knowledge Representation Languages; Terminology Integration
    Additional Information: Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Formal Biomedical Knowledge Representation (Co-located with KR 2004), Whistler, Canada 2004.
    Report Number: DIT-04-010
    Repository staff approval on: 01 Sep 2004

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