Ontologies Are Us: A Unified Model of Social Networks and Semantics

  • Peter Mika
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3729)


In our work we extend the traditional bipartite model of ontologies with the social dimension, leading to a tripartite model of actors, concepts and instances. We demonstrate the application of this representation by showing how community-based semantics emerges from this model through a process of graph transformation. We illustrate ontology emergence by two case studies, an analysis of a large scale folksonomy system and a novel method for the extraction of community-based ontologies from Web pages.


Bipartite Graph Social Network Analysis Semantic Network Graph Transformation Tripartite Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Mika
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  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit, AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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