Towards Competency Question-Driven Ontology Authoring

Yuan Ren, Artemis Parvizi, Chris Mellish, Jeff Z Pan, Kees van Deemter, Robert Stevens

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Ontology authoring is a non-trivial task for authors who are not proficient in logic. It is difficult to either specify the requirements for an ontology, or test their satisfaction. In this paper, we propose a novel approach to address this problem by leveraging the ideas of competency questions and test-before software development. We first analyse real-world competency questions collected from two different domains. Analysis shows that many of them can be categorised into patterns that differ along a set of features. Then we employ the linguistic notion of presupposition to describe the ontology requirements implied by competency questions, and show that these requirements can be tested automatically.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Semantic Web
Subtitle of host publicationTrends and Challenges
EditorsV. Presutti, C. d'Amato, F. Gandon, M. d'Aquin, S. Staab, A. Tordai
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-07443-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-07442-9
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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