An Approach for Structuring Sound Sample Libraries Using Ontology

  • Eugene Cherny
  • Johan Lilius
  • Johannes Brusila
  • Dmitry Mouromtsev
  • Gleb RogozinskyEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 649)


Sound designers use big collections of sounds, recorded themselves or bought from commercial library providers. They have to navigate through thousands of sounds in order to find a sound pertinent for a task. Metadata management software is used, but all annotations are text-based and added by hand and there is still no widely accepted vocabulary of terms that can be used for annotations. This introduces several metadata issues that make the search process complex, such as ambiguity, synonymy and relativity. This paper addresses these problems with knowledge elicitation and sound design ontology engineering.


Ontology engineering Knowledge elicitation Sound design Metadata management Web ontology language 



We would like to express our thanks to sound designers Ivan Osipenko (Saber Interactive, St. Petersburg, Russia) and Axel Rohrbach (BOOM Library, Mainz, Germany) for the provided interviews and discussions on the sound design and metadata topics. We also thank anonymous reviewers for providing valuable comments on our work.

This work has been partially financially supported by the Government of Russian Federation, Grant #074-U01.

This work was conducted using the Protégé resource, which is supported by grant GM10331601 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the United States National Institutes of Health.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene Cherny
    • 1
    • 2
  • Johan Lilius
    • 1
  • Johannes Brusila
    • 1
  • Dmitry Mouromtsev
    • 2
  • Gleb Rogozinsky
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Åbo Akademi UniversityTurkuFinland
  2. 2.ISST LaboratoryITMO UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.The Bonch-Bruevich Saint-Petersburg University of TelecommunicationsSt. PetersburgRussia

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