Papers from the AAAI Spring Symposium
Adam Farquhar & Michael Gruninger,Cochairs
The last few years have seen a growing interest in the design, use, and sharing of ontologies. Work in this area naturally incorporates formal knowledge representation with practical implemented systems. This symposium focused on the practical aspects of ontology development and use including tools, methodologies, and engineering practice. Issued discussed included:
- What are the roles that implemented ontologies play? Do they support automated reasoning and problem-solving? Are they used as an interlingua to achieve interoperability, reuse, or sharing? Are they used merely to ensure communication of a shared understanding between people?
- What methodologies can we use to design and evaluate ontologies? Will these methodologies differ according to the different intended uses?
- How can tools best provide assistance for the design and implementation of ontologies?
- To what extent are the ontologies designed in different domains shareable and reusable? How can we structure ontologies to support sharing and reuse?
- Do we require a suite of generic ontologies to support the more domain-specific ones? If so, what are these generic ontologies? How can they be related to existing standards?
- What are the obstacles to the integration of different ontologies?
- What lessons have people learned from the implementation of their ontologies?