Ontologies Are Us: A Unified Model of Social Networks and Semantics

  • Peter Mika
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11574620_38

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3729)
Cite this paper as:
Mika P. (2005) Ontologies Are Us: A Unified Model of Social Networks and Semantics. In: Gil Y., Motta E., Benjamins V.R., Musen M.A. (eds) The Semantic Web – ISWC 2005. ISWC 2005. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3729. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


In our work we extend the traditional bipartite model of ontologies with the social dimension, leading to a tripartite model of actors, concepts and instances. We demonstrate the application of this representation by showing how community-based semantics emerges from this model through a process of graph transformation. We illustrate ontology emergence by two case studies, an analysis of a large scale folksonomy system and a novel method for the extraction of community-based ontologies from Web pages.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Mika
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  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit, AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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