Handbook on Ontologies / Edition 1

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An ontology is a description (like a formal specification of a program) of concepts and relationships that can exist for an agent or a community of agents. The concept is important for the purpose of enabling knowledge sharing and reuse. The Handbook on Ontologies provides a comprehensive overview of the current status and future prospectives of the field of ontologies. The handbook demonstrates standards that have been created recently, it surveys methods that have been developed and it shows how to bring both into practice of ontology infrastructures and applications that are the best of their kind.
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"General impression is that the Handbook on Ontologies in Information Systems provides a comprehensive overview of the current status and future prospectives of the field of ontologies. The handbook demonstrates standards that have been created recently, it surveys methods that have been developed and it shows how to bring both into practice of ontology infrastructure and applications that are the best of their kind. … With its coverage of research and applications it provides valuable insights, both for researchers and practitioners." (Jaroslav Veselý, Neural Network World, Issue 1, 2005)

"The handbook is formed as a collection of papers written by many authors. These papers are collected into chapters devoted to separate problems of ontologies. … This book presents an interesting collection of information about all aspects of ontology processing and applications and also references to other information sources from this field." (Tomas Brandejsky, Neural Network World, Vol. 14 (6), 2004)

From the reviews of the second edition:

“The focus is on theory, construction techniques used by researchers, and research prototypes. … The content of the book is largely condensed from the research literature … . The researcher or student who wants details about formalisms and techniques … this book provides a good starting point for further investigations and a reasonably up-to-date summary of current knowledge … . The book should be useful to researchers in this and related areas, as well as practitioners of knowledge management and information modeling in various domains.” (R. M. Malyankar, ACM Computing Reviews, March, 2010)

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Table of Contents

1 Description Logics 3
2 Ontologies in F-logic 29
3 The Resource Description Framework (RDF) and its Vocabulary Description Language RDFS 51
4 Web Ontology Language: OWL 67
5 An Ontology-Composition Algebra 93
6 On-To-Knowledge Methodology (OTKM) 117
7 Building a Very Large Ontology from Medical Thesauri 133
8 An Overview of OntoClean 151
9 Ontology Learning 173
10 Knowledge Patterns 191
11 Ontology and the Lexicon 209
12 Ontology Reconciliation 231
13 Ontology Evaluation 251
14 Ontology Engineering Environments 275
15 An Extensible Ontology Software Environment 299
16 Ontologies in Support of Problem Solving 321
17 Ontologies in Agent Architectures 343
18 Tools for Mapping and Merging Ontologies 365
19 Ontology Matching: A Machine Learning Approach 385
20 Retrieving and Exploring Ontology-based Information 405
21 Supporting User Tasks through Visualisation of Light-weight Ontologies 415
22 Ontologies for Knowledge Management 435
23 Ontology-based Content Management in a Virtual Organization 455
24 Ontology-based Recommender Systems 477
25 The Knowledge Portal "OntoWeb" 499
26 Ontologies and Hypertext 517
27 Semantic Layering with Magpie 533
28 Ontologies and Metadata for eLearning 555
29 Ontology of the Process Specification Language 575
30 The Role of Ontologies in eCommerce 593
31 An Ontology-based Platform for Semantic Interoperability 617
32 Ontologies in Bioinformatics 635
Author Index 659
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