Knowledge elicitation plug-in for Protégé: Card sorting and laddering

Yimin Wang, York Sure, Robert Stevens, Alan Rector

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    Ontologies have been widely accepted as the primary method of representing knowledge in the Semantic Web. Knowledge Elicitation (KE) is usually one of the first steps in building ontologies. A number of ontology editors such as Protégé have been developed to assist users in building ontologies efficiently. However, traditional KE techniques, such as card sorting and laddering, are not yet supported, but performed manually and outside of such tools. In this paper we present a methodology and a corresponding plug-in for Protégé that allows graphical ellicitation knowledge from documents using card sorting and laddering approaches. Our aim is to seamlessly integrate the KE techniques into the ontology building process to make ontology building more efficient and less error-prone. As a side-effect the persistent storage of card sorting and laddering results allows for later traceability of ontology development. KE largely depends on user interaction with the plug-in, therefore we employed user-centred design principles to capture requirements. After implementation, the plug-in was evaluated thoroughly against the requirements. The evaluation shows that this KE plug-in meets many of the user's expectations and indeed saves them considerable time when building ontologies. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)|Lect. Notes Comput. Sci.
    PublisherSpringer Nature
    Number of pages13
    ISBN (Print)3540383298, 9783540383291
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event1st Asian Semantic Web Conference, ASWC 2006 - Beijing
    Duration: 1 Jul 2006 → …

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    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science LNCSNCS


    Conference1st Asian Semantic Web Conference, ASWC 2006
    Period1/07/06 → …
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