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Title: Conceptual modelling and the quality of ontologies: A comparison between object-role modelling and the object paradigm
Authors: Al-Asswad, MM
Al-Debei, MM
de Cesare, S
Lycett, M
Keywords: Ontology;Ontology Engineering;Conceptual Modelling Paradigms
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: AIS
Citation: Proceedings of the 18th European Conference on Information Systems, Pretoria, June 2010. In press
Abstract: Ontologies are key enablers for sharing precise and machine-understandable semantics among different applications and parties. Yet, for ontologies to meet these expectations, their quality must be of a good standard. The quality of an ontology is strongly based on the design method employed. This paper addresses the design problems related to the modelling of ontologies, with specific concentration on the issues related to the quality of the conceptualisations produced. The paper aims to demonstrate the impact of the modelling paradigm adopted on the quality of ontological models and, consequently, the potential impact that such a decision can have in relation to the development of software applications. To this aim, an ontology that is conceptualised based on the Object Role Modelling (ORM) approach is re-engineered into a one modelled on the basis of the Object Paradigm (OP). Next, the two ontologies are analytically compared using the specified criteria. The conducted comparison highlights that using the OP for ontology conceptualisation can provide more expressive, reusable, objective and temporal ontologies than those conceptualised on the basis of the ORM approach.
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Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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