Domain Ontology for Digital Marketplaces

  • Thomas DeraveEmail author
  • Tiago Prince Sales
  • Michaël Verdonck
  • Frederik Gailly
  • Geert Poels
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11787)


Recently the sharing economy has emerged as a viable alternative to fulfilling a variety of consumer needs. As there is no consensus on the definition of ‘sharing economy’ we use the term ‘marketplace’ to refer more specifically to Internet/software-based sharing economy platforms connecting two different market segments. In the field of sharing economy and marketplaces we found a research gap concerning the (socio)technological aspects and the development of marketplaces. A marketplace ontology can help to have a clear account of marketplace concepts which will facilitate communication, consensus and alignment. In this paper we design this marketplace ontology in four steps. First the selection of UFO as foundation and UFO-S as core ontology. Second the search for a set of minimal conditions and properties common for marketplaces and the derivation into competency questions. Third, use the competency questions to identify fragmented sub-ontology pieces called Domain-Related Ontology Patterns (DROPs) and apply them informally by extending UFO-S concepts to design a marketplace domain ontology. This marketplace domain ontology is represented in OntoUML. The last step is the validation of the OntoUML model using expert knowledge.


Digital marketplace Sharing economy Marketplace ontology UFO-S OntoUML 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business Informatics and Operations ManagementGhent UniversityGhentBelgium
  2. 2.Faculty of Computer ScienceFree University of Bozen-BolzanoBolzanoItaly

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