Ontology design and reuse with conceptual roles

Jakob Henriksson*, Michael Pradel, Steffen Zschaler, Jeff Z. Pan

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPublished conference contribution

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Ontologies are already used in the life sciences and the Semantic Web, but are expected to be deployed in many other areas in the near future-for example, in software development. As the use of ontologies becomes commonplace, they will be constructed more frequently and also become more complex. To cope with this issue, modularization paradigms and reuse techniques must be defined for ontologies and supported by ontology languages. In this paper, we propose the use of roles from conceptual modeling for this purpose, and show how they can be used to define ontological reuse units and enable modularization. We present role-based ontologies as an extension of standard ontologies and define their semantics through a reduction to standard Description Logics, such that existing reasoners can be used.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWeb Reasoning and Rule Systems - Second International Conference, RR 2008, Proceedings
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - 8 Dec 2008
Event2nd International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems, RR 2008 - Karlsruhe, Germany
Duration: 31 Oct 20081 Nov 2008

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5341 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference2nd International Conference on Web Reasoning and Rule Systems, RR 2008


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