Semantic Authoring of Ontologies by Exploration and Elimination of Possible Worlds

  • Sébastien Ferré
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10024)


We propose a novel approach to ontology authoring that is centered on semantics rather than on syntax. Instead of writing axioms formalizing a domain, the expert is invited to explore the possible worlds of her ontology, and to eliminate those that do not conform to her knowledge. Each elimination generates an axiom that is automatically derived from the explored situation. We have implemented the approach in prototype PEW (Possible World Explorer), and conducted a user study comparing it to Protégé. The results show that more axioms are produced with PEW, without making more errors. More importantly, the produced ontologies are more complete, and hence more deductively powerful, because more negative constraints are expressed.



We wish to thank Olivier Dameron for his precious support in the user study, as well as the students of master BIG for their kind participation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IRISA, Université de Rennes 1RennesFrance

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