A Metaontology for Annotating Ontology Entities with Vagueness Descriptions

Panos Alexopoulos*, Silvio Peroni, Boris Villazón-Terrazas, Jeff Z. Pan, José Manuel Gómez-Pérez

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The emergence in the last years of initiatives like the Linked Open Data (LOD) has led to a significant increase in the amount of structured semantic data on the Web. Central role to this development has been played by ontologies, as these enable the representation of real world domains in an explicit and formal way and, thus, the production of commonly understood and shareable semantic data. Nevertheless, the share-ability and wider reuse of such data can be hampered by the existence of vagueness within it, as this makes the data's meaning less explicit. With that in mind, in this paper we present and evaluate the Vagueness Ontology, a metaontology that enables the explicit identification and description of vague entities and their vagueness-related characteristics in ontologies. The rationale is that such descriptions, when accompanying vague ontologies, may narrow the possible interpretations that the latter's vague elements may assume by its users.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web III
Subtitle of host publicationISWC International Workshops, URSW 2011-2013, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsFernando Bobillo, Rommel N. Carvalho, Paulo C.G. Costa, Claudia d'Amato, Nicola Fanizzi, Kathryn B. Laskey, Kenneth J. Laskey, Thomas Lukasiewicz, Matthias Nickles, Michael Pool
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9783319134130
ISBN (Print)9783319134123
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventInternational Semantic Web Conferences, ISWC in 2011, 2012, and 2013 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 21 Oct 201325 Oct 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


ConferenceInternational Semantic Web Conferences, ISWC in 2011, 2012, and 2013

Bibliographical note

The research has been funded from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme P7/2007-2013 under REA grant agreement no 286348. We also want to thank all the people who helped us with the evaluation of Vagueness Ontology.


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