Ontologies versus relational databases: Are they so different? A comparison

  • Martinez-Cruz C
  • Blanco I
  • Vila M
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Twomain datamodels are currently used for representing knowledge and infor- mation in computer systems. Database models, especially relational databases, have been the leader in last few decades, enabling information to be efficiently stored and queried. On the other hand, ontologies have appeared as an alternative to databases in applications that require a more ‘enriched’ meaning. However, there is controversy regarding the best infor- mation modeling technique, as both models present similar characteristics. In this paper, we present a review of how ontologies and databases are related, of what their main differences are and of the mechanisms used to communicate with each other.

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  • Ontologies
  • Ontology-based databases
  • Relational databases

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