Developing Ontologies within Decentralised Settings

A Garcia, K {O'Neill}, L J Garcia, P Lord, R Stevens, O Corcho, F Gibson, H Chen (Editor), Y Wang (Editor), K Cheung (Editor)

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    This chapter addresses two research questions: ``How should a well-engineered methodology facilitate the development of ontologies within communities of practice?'' and ``What methodology should be used?'' If ontologies are to be developed by communities then the ontology development life cycle should be better understood within this context. This chapter presents the Melting Point (MP), a proposed new methodology for developing ontologies within decentralised settings. It describes how MP was developed by taking best practices from other methodologies, provides details on recommended steps and recommended processes, and compares MP with alternatives. The methodology presented here is the product of direct first-hand experience and observation of biological communities of practice in which some of the authors have been involved. The Melting Point is a methodology engineered for decentralised communities of practice for which the designers of technology and the users may be the same group. As such, MP provides a potential foundation for the establishment of standard practices for ontology engineering.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSemantic e-Science
    PublisherSpringer Nature
    Number of pages41
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Publication series

    NameAnnals of Information Systems


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