Managing Ontological Constraints

Yannis Kalfoglou, Dave Robertson

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We explore the use of ontological constraints in a new way: deploying them in a software system’s formal evaluation. We present a formalism for ontological constraints and elaborate on a meta interpretation technique in the field of ontologies. Ontological constraints often need enhancements to capture application-specific discrepancies. We propose an editing system that provides guidance in building those constraints and we explain how this helps us to detect conceptual errors that re- flect a misuse of ontological constructs. We describe a multilayer architecture for performing such checks and we demonstrate its usage via an example case. We speculate on the potential impact of the approach for the system’s design process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IJCAI-99 workshop on Ontologies and Problem-Solving Methods (KRR5)
EditorsV. Richard Benjamins
PublisherCEUR Publications
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)90-5470-085-8
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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