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An approach to ontology for institutional facts in the semantic web

Colomb, Robert M. and Dampney, C. N. G. (2005) An approach to ontology for institutional facts in the semantic web. Information and Software Technology Volume, 47 . pp. 775-783. ISSN 09505849

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.infsof.2004.12.002


Refinement in software engineering allows a specification to be developed in stages, with design decisions taken at earlier stages constraining the design at later stages. Refinement in complex data models is difficult due to lack of a way of defining constraints, which can be progressively maintained over increasingly detailed refinements. Category theory provides a way of stating wide scale constraints. These constraints lead to a set of design guidelines, which maintain the wide scale constraints under increasing detail. Previous methods of refinement are essentially local, and the proposed method does not interfere very much with these local methods. The result is particularly applicable to semantic web applications, where ontologies provide systems of more or less abstract constraints on systems, which must be implemented and therefore refined by participating systems. With the approach of this paper, the concept of committing to an ontology carries much more force.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:category theory, conceptual modeling, refinement, semantic web
Subjects:T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions:Computer Science and Information System
ID Code:12407
Deposited By: S.N.Shahira Dahari
Deposited On:01 Jun 2011 04:13
Last Modified:13 Jun 2011 05:58

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