Ontologies pp 319-338 | Cite as

Modeling and Reasoning About Changes in Ontology Time Series

  • Tomi Kauppinen
  • Eero Hyvönen
Part of the Integrated Series in Information Systems book series (ISIS, volume 14)


Ontologies evolve when the underlying domain world changes at different points of time. The result then is a series of ontologies whose concepts are related with each other not only within one ontology valid at a moment but through the time, too. This chapter presents a model for representing ontology time series. The focus is on modeling partial overlap between concepts evolving over long periods of time, and the domain of application is historical geospatial reasoning. A framework is presented for representing and reasoning about conceptual overlap of concepts that evolve over an ontology time series. The idea is to provide the ontology developer with an intuitive change ontology for expressing local ontological changes in a declarative way. An algorithm is presented for reasoning about overlapping concepts globally over long periods of time. This algorithm can be applied, e.g., in concept-based information retrieval for ranking search results according to their relevance.


Change Point Global Covering Spatial Reasoning Local Covering Ontology Evolution 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tomi Kauppinen
    • 1
  • Eero Hyvönen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science and Helsinki University of Technology, Media Technology and HIITUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinki

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