Consistent Evolution of OWL Ontologies

  • Peter Haase
  • Ljiljana Stojanovic
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/11431053_13

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3532)
Cite this paper as:
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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Haase
    • 1
  • Ljiljana Stojanovic
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute AIFBUniversity of KarlsruheGermany
  2. 2.FZI at the University of KarlsruheGermany

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