Modular Ontologies

Concepts, Theories and Techniques for Knowledge Modularization

  • Heiner Stuckenschmidt
  • Christine Parent
  • Stefano Spaccapietra

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5445)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Modularization Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Christine Parent, Stefano Spaccapietra
      Pages 3-3
    3. Christine Parent, Stefano Spaccapietra
      Pages 5-23
    4. Boris Konev, Carsten Lutz, Dirk Walther, Frank Wolter
      Pages 25-66
    5. Mathieu d’Aquin, Anne Schlicht, Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Marta Sabou
      Pages 67-89
    6. Alexander Borgida
      Pages 91-112
    7. Christine Parent, Stefano Spaccapietra, Esteban Zimányi
      Pages 113-153
  3. Partitioning and Extraction of Modules

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Christine Parent, Stefano Spaccapietra
      Pages 157-158
    3. Bernardo Cuenca Grau, Ian Horrocks, Yevgeny Kazakov, Ulrike Sattler
      Pages 159-186
    4. Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Anne Schlicht
      Pages 187-210
    5. Natalya F. Noy, Mark A. Musen
      Pages 245-260
  4. Connecting Existing Ontologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 261-261
    2. Heiner Stuckenschmidt, Christine Parent, Stefano Spaccapietra
      Pages 263-265
    3. Saartje Brockmans, Peter Haase, Luciano Serafini, Heiner Stuckenschmidt
      Pages 267-291
    4. Bernardo Cuenca Grau, Bijan Parsia, Evren Sirin
      Pages 293-320
    5. Luciano Serafini, Andrei Tamilin
      Pages 321-347
    6. Jie Bao, George Voutsadakis, Giora Slutzki, Vasant Honavar
      Pages 349-371
  5. Back Matter

About this book


This book constitutes a collection of research achievements mature enough to provide a firm and reliable basis on modular ontologies. It gives the reader a detailed analysis of the state of the art of the research area and discusses the recent concepts, theories and techniques for knowledge modularization.

The 13 papers presented in this book were all carefully reviewed before publication. They have been organized in three parts: Part I gives a general introduction to the idea and issues characterizing modularization and offers an in-depth analysis of properties, criteria and knowledge import techniques for modularization. Part II describes four major research proposals for creating modules from an existing ontology either by partitioning an ontology into a collection of modules or by extracting one or more modules from the ontology. Part III reports on collaborative approaches where modules that pre-exist are linked together through mappings to form a virtual large ontology.


data mining database databases knowledge language modularity ontology mapping languages ontology modularization web ontology

Editors and affiliations

  • Heiner Stuckenschmidt
    • 1
  • Christine Parent
    • 2
  • Stefano Spaccapietra
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Informatik, B6, 26Universität MannheimMannheimGermany
  2. 2.HEC ISIUniversité de LausanneLausanneSwitzerland
  3. 3.Database LaboratoryÉcole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL-ICLausanneSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science Computer Science (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-01906-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-01907-4
  • Series Print ISSN 0302-9743
  • Series Online ISSN 1611-3349
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