A framework for using reference ontologies as a foundation for the semantic web

Brinkley, James F and Suciu, Dan and Detwiler, Landon T and Gennari, John H and Rosse, Cornelius (2006) A framework for using reference ontologies as a foundation for the semantic web. In: American Medical Informatics Association Fall Symposium. pp. 96-100.

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The semantic web is envisioned as an evolving set of local ontologies that are gradually linked together into a global knowledge network. Many such local application ontologies are being built, but it is difficult to link them together because of incompatibilities and lack of adherence to ontology standards. Reference ontologies are an emerging ontology type that attempt to represent deep knowledge of basic science in a principled way that allows them to be re-used in multiple ways, just as the basic sciences are re-used in clinical applications. As such they have the potential to be a foundation for the semantic web if methods can be developed for deriving application ontologies from them. We describe a computational framework for this purpose that is generalized from the database concept of views, and describe the research issues that must be solved to implement such a framework. We argue that the development of such a framework is becoming increasingly feasible due to a convergence of advances in several fields.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: amia2006
Subjects: All Projects > Ontology Views
Depositing User: Jim Brinkley
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2017 23:50
URI: http://sigpubs.si.washington.edu/id/eprint/188

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