Basser Seminar Series

Ontology Engineering from a Database Perspective

Gottfried Vossen
European Research Center for Information Systems, University of Muenster, Germany and Department of Management Systems, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Tuesday, 24 October 2006, 4-5 pm NOTE: Different day

School of IT Building, Lecture Theatre 123, Level 1


Ontologies have recently become popular in the context of the Semantic Web as an appropriate tool for developing a common reference terminology and language in specific application domains. However, the design and specification of an ontology still does not follow a generally accepted methodology, but is considered to be a task based on perception and intuition. This talk tries to remedy this situation by proposing a novel methodology for ontology engineering that is based on the phase model of traditional database design. Accordingly, the design process of an ontology consists of (1) requirements analysis, (2) conceptual design, (3) logical design, and (4) physical design. Design guidelines are given which include continuous evaluation at the end of each phase. The exposition also provides a running example to ease the understanding of the core activities in each stage.

Speaker's Biography

Gottfried Vossen is a Professor of Computer Science in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Muenster in Germany. He received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in 1981 and 1986, resp., all from the Technical University of Aachen in Germany. He has held visiting positions at the University of California in San Diego, at several German universities including the Hasso-Plattner-Institute for Software Systems Engineering in Potsdam near Berlin, at Karlstad University in Sweden and at The University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, where he is currently spending his sabbatical. In 2004 he became the European Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's Information Systems - An International Journal, and a Director of the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS) in Muenster. His research interests include conceptual as well as application-oriented problems concerning databases, information systems, electronic learning, and the Web. Dr. Vossen has been member in numerous program committees of international conferences and workshops. He is an author or co-author of more than 120 publications, and an author, co- author, or co-editor of 20 books on databases, business process modeling, the Web, e-commerce, and computer architecture.