Computing authoring tests from competency questions: Experimental validation

Matt Dennis*, Kees van Deemter, Daniele Dell’Aglio, Jeff Z. Pan

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper explores whether Authoring Tests derived from Competency Questions accurately represent the expectations of ontology authors. In earlier work we proposed that an ontology authoring interface can be improved by allowing the interface to test whether a given Competency Question (CQ) is able to be answered by the ontology at a given stage of its construction, an approach known as CQ-driven Ontology Authoring (CQOA). The experiments presented in the present paper suggest that CQOA’s understanding of CQs matches users’ understanding quite well, especially for inexperienced ontology authors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Semantic Web – ISWC 2017 - 16th International Semantic Web Conference, Proceedings
EditorsClaudia d'Amato, Miriam Fernandez, Valentina Tamma, Freddy Lecue, Philippe Cudré-Mauroux, Juan Sequeda, Christoph Lange, Jeff Heflin
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319682884
ISBN (Print)9783319682877
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event16th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2017 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 21 Oct 201725 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10587 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2017

Bibliographical note

This research has been funded by the EPSRC project: WhatIf: Answering “What if” questions for Ontology Authoring. EPSRC reference EP/J014176/1.


  • Competency questions
  • Ontology authoring


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