Social Validation in the Ontology Evolution Process

  • Alessia Barbagallo
  • Antonio De Nicola
  • Michele Missikoff
Conference paper


Ontology building is a social process requiring, as a first step, the collaborative work of a group of people to create a shared understanding of a specific domain of interest. This process typically involves an heterogeneous group of people: from ontology engineers to domain experts, to end users. A crucial aspect of ontology building is to reach consensus among all the involved actors. For this reason, it is important that every step of the process is clearly defined and the roles played by the members of a community of interest (COI) are precisely assigned. In this paper we present the guidelines for social validation in the ontology evolution process. In particular, we describe the process and we identify the milestones where the COI is asked to reach a consensus. Then, we present the different roles to be played in the COI, the procedures to reach consensus and the result of a first experimentation in the domain of semantic technologies.


Domain Ontology Ontological Commitment Reasoning System Social Validation Consensus Process 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.



This work is partially supported by the COIN IP, 7th European Union Framework Programme.


  1. 1.
    Gruber TR (1993) A translation approach to portable ontology specification. Knowl. Acquis 5:199–220CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Borst WN (1997) Construction of engineering ontologies for knowledge sharing and reuse. University of Twente, Enschede, The NetherlandsGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Holsapple CW, Joshi KD (2002) A collaborative approach to ontology design. Commun ACM 45(2):42–47CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    De Nicola A, Navigli R, Missikoff M (2009) A software engineering approach to ontology building. Inf Syst 34 (2):258–275CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Guarino N, Carrara M, Giaretta P (1994) Formalizing ontological commitments. In Proceedings of AAAI 94, vol. 1, pp 560–567, Seattle, WA, USAGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Noy FN, Chugh A, Liu W, Musen MA (2006) A framework for ontology evolution in collaborative environments. The semantic web – ISWC 2006, LNCS 4273, pp 544–558, Athens, GA, USAGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Tempich C, Simperl E, Luczak M, Studer R, Pinto HS (2007) Argumentation-based ontology engineering. IEEE Intell Syst 22(6):52–59CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Karapiperis S, Apostolou D (2006) Consensus building in collaborative ontology engineering processes. J Universal Knowl Manage 1(3):199–216Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Velardi P, Cucchiarelli A, Petit M. (2007) A taxonomy learning method and its application to characterize a scientific web community. IEEE transactions on knowledge and data engineering, 19(2):180–191CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    COIN (2007). Enterprise Collaboration & Interoperability. VII European Framework Integrated Project., Accessed on September 2009
  11. 11.
    Jacobson I, Booch G, Rumbaugh J (1999) The unified software development process. Addison-Wesley, ReadingGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    D’Antonio F, Missikoff M, Taglino F (2007) Formalizing the OPAL eBusiness ontology design patterns with OWL. In: Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on interoperability for enterprise applications and software, I-ESA, Funchal, PortugalGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Searle J (1969) Speech acts. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, ISBN 0-521-09626-XGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Likert R (1932) A technique for the measurement of attitudes. Arch Psychol 140:1–55Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessia Barbagallo
    • 1
  • Antonio De Nicola
    • 2
  • Michele Missikoff
    • 2
  1. 1.TXT e-solutionMilanItaly
  2. 2.IASI – CNRRomeItaly

Personalised recommendations