Ontology Engineering in a Networked World

  • Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa
  • Asunción Gómez-Pérez
  • Enrico Motta
  • Aldo Gangemi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa, Asunción Gómez-Pérez, Enrico Motta, Aldo Gangemi
    Pages 1-6
  3. NeOn Methodology Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa, Asunción Gómez-Pérez, Mariano Fernández-López
      Pages 9-34
    3. Valentina Presutti, Eva Blomqvist, Enrico Daga, Aldo Gangemi
      Pages 35-64
    4. Alessandro Adamou, Raúl Palma, Peter Haase, Elena Montiel-Ponsoda, Guadalupe Aguado de Cea, Asunción Gómez-Pérez et al.
      Pages 65-90
  4. Ontology Engineering Activities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa, Asunción Gómez-Pérez
      Pages 93-106
    3. Boris Villazón-Terrazas, Asunción Gómez-Pérez
      Pages 107-145
    4. Mariano Fernández-López, Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa, Asunción Gómez-Pérez
      Pages 147-170
    5. Mauricio Espinoza Mejía, Elena Montiel-Ponsoda, Guadalupe Aguado de Cea, Asunción Gómez-Pérez
      Pages 171-191
    6. Marta Sabou, Miriam Fernandez
      Pages 193-212
    7. Mathieu d’Aquin
      Pages 213-233
    8. Raúl Palma, Fouad Zablith, Peter Haase, Oscar Corcho
      Pages 235-255
    9. Jérôme Euzenat, Chan Le Duc
      Pages 257-278
  5. The NeOn Toolkit

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 279-279
    2. Michael Erdmann, Walter Waterfeld
      Pages 281-301
    3. Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa, Asunción Gómez-Pérez, Oscar Muñoz-García
      Pages 303-317
    4. Alessandro Adamou, Valentina Presutti
      Pages 319-342
    5. Enrico Motta, Silvio Peroni, José Manuel Gómez-Pérez, Mathieu d’Aquin, Ning Li
      Pages 343-362
    6. Guilin Qi, Andreas Harth
      Pages 363-380
  6. Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-381
    2. Caterina Caracciolo, Juan Heguiabehere, Aldo Gangemi, Claudio Baldassarre, Johannes Keizer, Marc Taconet
      Pages 383-405
    3. José Manuel Gómez-Pérez, Víctor Méndez, Joan Candini, Juan Carlos Muñoz
      Pages 407-422
    4. Tomás Pariente Lobo, Germán Herrero Cárcel
      Pages 423-434
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 435-444

About this book


The Semantic Web is characterized by the existence of a very large number of distributed semantic resources, which together define a network of ontologies. These ontologies in turn are interlinked through a variety of different meta-relationships such as versioning, inclusion, and many more. This scenario is radically different from the relatively narrow contexts in which ontologies have been traditionally developed and applied, and thus calls for new methods and tools to effectively support the development of novel network-oriented semantic applications.

This book by Suárez-Figueroa et al. provides the necessary methodological and technological support for the development and use of ontology networks, which ontology developers need in this distributed environment. After an introduction, in its second part the authors describe the NeOn Methodology framework. The book’s third part details the key activities relevant to the ontology engineering life cycle. For each activity, a general introduction, methodological guidelines, and practical examples are provided. The fourth part then presents a detailed overview of the NeOn Toolkit and its plug-ins. Lastly, case studies from the pharmaceutical and the fishery domain round out the work.

The book primarily addresses two main audiences: students (and their lecturers) who need a textbook for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses on ontology engineering, and practitioners who need to develop ontologies in particular or Semantic Web-based applications in general. Its educational value is maximized by its structured approach to explaining guidelines and combining them with case studies and numerous examples. The description of the open source NeOn Toolkit provides an additional asset, as it allows readers to easily evaluate and apply the ideas presented.


NeOn Methodology NeOn Toolkit Semantic Web ontology design patterns ontology development ontology engineering

Editors and affiliations

  • Mari Carmen Suárez-Figueroa
    • 1
  • Asunción Gómez-Pérez
    • 2
  • Enrico Motta
    • 3
  • Aldo Gangemi
    • 4
  1. 1., Facultad de InformáticaUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.MadridSpain
  3. 3., Knowledge Media InstituteThe Open UniversityMilton KeynesUnited Kingdom
  4. 4.RomeItaly

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