Consistent Evolution of OWL Ontologies
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- Haase P., Stojanovic L. (2005) Consistent Evolution of OWL Ontologies. In: Gómez-Pérez A., Euzenat J. (eds) The Semantic Web: Research and Applications. ESWC 2005. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3532. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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.