Ontological Profiles as Semantic Domain Representations

  • Geir Solskinnsbakk
  • Jon Atle Gulla
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5039)


Ontologies are conceptualizations of some domain, defining its concepts and their relationships. An interesting question is how do we relate the ontological concepts to the general vocabulary of the domain? In this paper we present the concept of ontological profiles, what they are, how they are constructed, and how they may be used. We propose that the ontological profile is a link between the vocabulary of the domain and its conceptual specification given by the ontology. This means that the ontological profile can be tailored to a specific document collection, reflecting the vocabulary actually used. Finally we demonstrate how the ontological profile may be utilized for ontology-driven search.


ontological profiles ontology-driven information retrieval query reformulation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geir Solskinnsbakk
    • 1
  • Jon Atle Gulla
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Information ScienceNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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