Construction of Engineering Ontologies for Knowledge Sharing and Reuse

W.N. Borst

    Research output: ThesisPhD Thesis - Research UT, graduation UT

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    This thesis describes an investigation into the practical use of ontologies for the development of information systems. Ontologies are formal descriptions of shared knowledge in a domain. An ontology can be used as a specification of an information system because it specifies the knowledge that is required for the tasks the information system has to perform. Sharing and reuse of ontologies across different domains and applications can therefore improve information systems design. Ontologies have been a subject for a lot of research carried out in the artificial intelligence community. Although many ontologies have been developed, they fail to demonstrate that ontologies for large and complex domains can be developed that can be used and reused across different applications. There are three reasons for this: (i) many ontologies have not been used to develop a real-life application, (ii) many ontologies have not been reused for different applications in different domains and (iii)many ontologies are merely taxonomies of domain concepts and fail to capture meta-level and tacit background knowledge. As a result, the question whether ontologies can be used and reused for different real-life applications remains open. The aim of our research has therefore been to find the answer to this question.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • University of Twente
    • Akkermans, J.M., Supervisor
    Award date5 Sept 1997
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    Print ISBNs90-365-0988-2
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Sept 1997


    • IR-17864
    • EWI-17377
    • METIS-118383


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