A goal-oriented framework for ontology reuse

Cássio C. Reginato, Jordana S. Salamon*, Gabriel G. Nogueira, Monalessa P. Barcellos, Vítor E.Silva Souza, Maxwell E. Monteiro, Renata Guizzardi

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Ontologies have been successfully used to assign semantics in the Semantic Web context, to support integration of data from different systems or different sources, and to enable reasoning. However, building ontologies is not a trivial task. Ontology reuse can help in this matter. The search and selection of ontologies to be reused should consider the alignment between their scope and the scope of the ontology being developed. In this paper, we discuss how goal modeling can be helpful in this context and we present GO-FOR, a framework in which goals are the central elements to promote ontology reuse. GO-FOR comprises a conceptual architecture, a goal-oriented ontology development process and a supporting tool. In GO-FOR we introduce Goal-Oriented Ontology Patterns (GOOPs) as a new type of pattern to be applied to develop ontologies in a goal-oriented approach. Results of the use of GO-FOR to build an ontology used to integrate patient examination data are also shown in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-399
Number of pages35
JournalApplied ontology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • goal modeling
  • Ontology
  • ontology integration
  • pattern
  • reuse
  • n/a OA procedure


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