Fieldwork-Based Method for End-User Engagement in Domain Ontology Development

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    This chapter introduces a fieldwork-based method for end-user engaged ontology development. Our approach complements existing methodologies that, despite their aims to consult end-users and domain experts, have not yet formally spelled out steps for end-user engagement in detail. The method we introduce is based on ethnographic-action research. This grassroots approach allows developers to create feasible ontologies that closely fit end-user needs. Being based on fieldwork, this method extends conventional desk-research and expert-panel methods for data acquisition, conceptualization and validation to more meaningfully derive objects and relations that closely match the work routines of practitioners that eventually use ontologies. This chapter reviews existing post-development methods for end-user involvement and shows how these methods can be complemented with a grounded approach such as ethnographic-action research. We demonstrate the method by developing a semi-formal domain ontology for the subsurface utility construction domain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOntology in the AEC Industry
    Subtitle of host publicationA Decade of Research and Development in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
    EditorsR.R.A. Issa, I. Mutis
    PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers
    ISBN (Electronic)9780784413906
    Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2015


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