Reusing ontologies and language components for ontology generation

Deryle Lonsdale, David W. Embley, Yihong Ding, Li Xu, Martin Hepp

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Realizing the Semantic Web involves creating ontologies, a tedious and costly challenge. Reuse can reduce the cost of ontology engineering. Semantic Web ontologies can provide useful input for ontology reuse. However, the automated reuse of such ontologies remains underexplored. This paper presents a generic architecture for automated ontology reuse. With our implementation of this architecture, we show the practicality of automating ontology generation through ontology reuse. We experimented with a large generic ontology as a basis for automatically generating domain ontologies that fit the scope of sample natural language web pages. The results were encouraging, resulting in five lessons pertinent to future automated ontology reuse study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-330
Number of pages13
JournalData and Knowledge Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2010


  • Concept matching
  • Constraint discovery
  • Ontology generation
  • Ontology reuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management


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