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Towards Pragmatic Explanations for Domain Ontologies

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Ontologies have gained popularity in a wide range of research fields, in the domains where possible interpretations of terms have to be narrowed and there is a need for explicit inter-relations of concepts. Although reusability has always been claimed as one of the main characteristics of ontologies, it has been shown that reusing domain ontologies is not a common practice. Perhaps this is due to the fact that despite a large number of works towards complexity management of ontologies, popular systems do not incorporate enough functionality for ontology explanation. We analyse the state of the art and substantiate a minimal functionality that the system should provide in order to make domain ontologies better understandable for their users.


  • Ontology Explanation
  • Pragmatic Explanation
  • Ontology engineering

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    An epistemic interest is a reason scientists have for asking explanation-seeking questions.

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    We come back to the discussion about forms of explanation later.

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    Henceforward, by ‘user’ we mean a domain expert or a developer or simply anyone interested in getting an ontology explanation from the computer system.

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    For examples of complexity management techniques based on foundational ontologies one could refer to [10].


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Romanenko, E., Calvanese, D., Guizzardi, G. (2022). Towards Pragmatic Explanations for Domain Ontologies. In: Corcho, O., Hollink, L., Kutz, O., Troquard, N., Ekaputra, F.J. (eds) Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management. EKAW 2022. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 13514. Springer, Cham.

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