Declarative Representation of Programming Access to Ontologies

  • Stefan Scheglmann
  • Ansgar Scherp
  • Steffen Staab
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7295)


Using ontologies in software applications is a challenging task due to the chasm between the logics-based world of ontologies and the object-oriented world of software applications. The logics-based representation emphasizes the meaning of concepts and properties, i.e., their semantics. The modeler in the object-oriented paradigm also takes into account the pragmatics, i.e., how the classes are used, by whom, and why. To enable a comprehensive use of logics-based representations in object-oriented software systems, a seamless integration of the two paradigms is needed. However, the pragmatic issues of using logic-based knowledge in object-oriented software applications has yet not been considered sufficiently. Rather, the pragmatic issues that arise in using an ontology, e.g., which classes to instantiate in which order, remains a task to be carefully considered by the application developer. In this paper, we present a declarative representation for designing and applying programming access to ontologies. Based on this declarative representation, we have build OntoMDE, a model-driven engineering toolkit that we have applied to several example ontologies with different Characteristics.


Structure Concept Programming Access Content Concept Ontology Concept Semantic Unit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Scheglmann
    • 1
  • Ansgar Scherp
    • 1
  • Steffen Staab
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Web Science and TechnologiesUniversity of Koblenz-LandauGermany

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