Topicality in logic-based ontologies

Chiara Del Vescovo, Bijan Parsia, Ulrike Sattler

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    In this paper we examine several forms of modularity in logics as a basis for various conceptions of the topical structure of an ontology. Intuitively, a topic is a coherent fragment of the subject matter of the ontology. Different topics may play different roles: e.g., the main topic (or topics), side topics, or subtopics. If, at the lowest level, the subject matter of an ontology is characterized by the set of concepts of the ontology, a topic is a "coherent" subset of those concepts. Different forms of modularity induce different, more or less cognitively helpful, notions of coherence and thus distinct topical structures. © 2011 Springer-Verlag.
    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.
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event19th International Conference on Conceptual Structures, ICCS 2011 - Derby
    Duration: 1 Jul 2011 → …


    Conference19th International Conference on Conceptual Structures, ICCS 2011
    Period1/07/11 → …


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