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The Semantic Web – ISWC 2010

Volume 6496 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 273-288

Semantic Recognition of Ontology Refactoring

  • Gerd GrönerAffiliated withWeST — Institute for Web Science and Technologies, University of Koblenz-Landau
  • , Fernando Silva ParreirasAffiliated withWeST — Institute for Web Science and Technologies, University of Koblenz-Landau
  • , Steffen StaabAffiliated withWeST — Institute for Web Science and Technologies, University of Koblenz-Landau

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Abstract

Ontologies are used for sharing information and are often collaboratively developed. They are adapted for different applications and domains resulting in multiple versions of an ontology that are caused by changes and refactorings. Quite often, ontology versions (or parts of them) are syntactical very different but semantically equivalent. While there is existing work on detecting syntactical and structural changes in ontologies, there is still a need in analyzing and recognizing ontology changes and refactorings by a semantically comparison of ontology versions. In our approach, we start with a classification of model refactorings found in software engineering for identifying such refactorings in OWL ontologies using DL reasoning to recognize these refactorings.