Towards an Ontology-Based Distributed Architecture for Paid Content

  • Wernher Behrendt
  • Aldo Gangemi
  • Wolfgang Maass
  • Rupert Westenthaler
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3532)


Business models on the basis of digital content require sophisticated descriptions of that content, as well as service-oriented carrier architectures that allow to negotiate and enforce contract and license schemes in heterogeneous digital application environments. We describe Knowledge Content Objects (KCO), that provide expressive semantic descriptions of digital content, based on an ontology of Information Objects, built under the DOLCE, DnS and Plan Ontologies (DDPO). In particular, we discuss how this structure supports business requirements within the context of paid content. Interactions between agents are embedded into digital infrastructures that are implemented on an advanced knowledge content carrier architecture (KCCA) that communicates via a dedicated protocol (KCTP). We show how this architecture allows to integrate existing digital repositories so that the content can be made available to a semantically rich digital environment.


Information Object Operational Semantic Digital Content Semantic Annotation Negotiation Protocol 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wernher Behrendt
    • 1
  • Aldo Gangemi
    • 2
  • Wolfgang Maass
    • 3
  • Rupert Westenthaler
    • 1
  1. 1.Salzburg Research GmbHSalzburgAustria
  2. 2.Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technology (CNR)RomaItaly
  3. 3.=mcminstituteUniversity of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland

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