A Metaontology for Annotating Ontology Entities with Vagueness Descriptions

Panos Alexopoulos, Silvio Peroni, Boris Villazón-Terrazas, Jeff Z. Pan, José Manuel Gómez-Pérez

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The emergence in the last years of initiatives like the Linked Open Data LOD has led to a significant increase in the amount of structured semantic data on the Web. Central role to this development has been played by ontologies, as these enable the representation of real world domains in an explicit and formal way and, thus, the production of commonly understood and shareable semantic data. Nevertheless, the shareability and wider reuse of such data can be hampered by the existence of vagueness within it, as this makes the data's meaning less explicit. With that in mind, in this paper we present and evaluate the Vagueness Ontology, a metaontology that enables the explicit identification and description of vague entities and their vagueness-related characteristics in ontologies. The rationale is that such descriptions, when accompanying vague ontologies, may narrow the possible interpretations that the latter's vague elements may assume by its users.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web III
Subtitle of host publicationISWC International Workshops, URSW 2011-2013, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsFernando Bobillo, Rommel N. Carvalho, Paulo C.G. Costa, Claudia d'Amato, Nicola Fanizzi, Kathryn B. Laskey, Kenneth J. Laskey, Thomas Lukasiewicz, Matthias Nickles, Michael Pool
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-13413-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-13412-3
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2014
Event9th International Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 21 Oct 201321 Oct 2013
Conference number: 9

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer, Cham
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference9th International Workshop on Uncertainty Reasoning for the Semantic Web
Abbreviated titleURSW 2013
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