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Methodology for distributed ontology engineering (Diligent)

Knowledge management solutions relying on central repositories do sometimes not meet expectations, since users often create ad-hoc knowledge using their individual vocabulary and their own decentral IT infrastructure (e.g., their laptop). To improve knowledge management for such decentralized and individualized knowledge work, it is necessary to, first, provide a corresponding IT infrastructure and to, second, deal with the harmonization of different vocabularies/ontologies.

This result focuses on the harmonization of the participating ontologies in a distributed environment. Thereby, the objective of this harmonization is to avoid the worst in congruencies by having users share a core ontology that they can expand for local use at their will and individual needs. The task that then needs to be solved is one of distributed, loosely-controlled and evolving engineering of ontologies.

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University of Karlsruhe
Institute AIFB
76128 Karlsruhe
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