Safe and Economic Re-Use of Ontologies: A Logic-Based Methodology and Tool Support

  • Ernesto Jiménez-Ruiz
  • Bernardo Cuenca Grau
  • Ulrike Sattler
  • Thomas Schneider
  • Rafael Berlanga
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5021)


Driven by application requirements and using well-understood theoretical results, we describe a novel methodology and a tool for modular ontology design. We support the user in the safe use of imported symbols and in the economic import of the relevant part of the imported ontology. Both features are supported in a well-understood way: safety guarantees that the semantics of imported concepts is not changed, and economic import guarantees that no difference can be observed between importing the whole ontology and importing the relevant part.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ernesto Jiménez-Ruiz
    • 1
  • Bernardo Cuenca Grau
    • 2
  • Ulrike Sattler
    • 3
  • Thomas Schneider
    • 3
  • Rafael Berlanga
    • 1
  1. 1.Universitat Jaume ISpain
  2. 2.University of OxfordUK
  3. 3.University of ManchesterUK

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