Handbook on Ontologies

Part of the series International Handbooks on Information Systems pp 173-190

Ontology Learning

  • Alexander MaedcheAffiliated withFZI Research Center for Information Technologies, University of Karlsruhe
  • , Steffen StaabAffiliated withInstitute AIFB, University of Karlsruhe

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Ontology Learning greatly facilitates the construction of ontologies by the ontology engineer. The notion of ontology learning that we propose here includes a number of complementary disciplines that feed on different types of unstructured and semi-structured data in order to support a semi-automatic, cooperative ontology engineering process. Our ontology learning framework proceeds through ontology import, extraction, pruning, and refinement, giving the ontology engineer a wealth of coordinated tools for ontology modelling. Besides of the general architecture, we show in this paper some exemplary techniques in the ontology learning cycle that we have implemented in our ontology learning environment, KAON Text-To-Onto.