Consistent Evolution of OWL Ontologies

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Abstract

Support for ontology evolution is extremely important in ontology engineering and application of ontologies in dynamic environments. A core aspect in the evolution process is the to guarantee consistency of the ontology when changes occur. In this paper we discuss the consistent evolution of OWL ontologies. We present a model for the semantics of change for OWL ontologies, considering structural, logical, and user-defined consistency. We introduce resolution strategies to ensure that consistency is maintained as the ontology evolves.