A Roadmap to Ontology Specification Languages

  • Corcho O
  • Gómez-Pérez A
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The interchange of ontologies across the World Wide Web (WWW) and the cooperation among heterogeneous agents placed on it is the main reason for the development of a new set of ontology specification languages, based on new web standards such as XML or RDF. These languages (SHOE, XOL, RDF, OIL, etc) aim to represent the knowledge contained in an ontology in a simple and human-readable way, as well as allow for the interchange of ontologies across the web. In this paper, we establish a common framework to compare the expressiveness and reasoning capabilities of traditional ontology languages (Ontolingua, OKBC, OCML, FLogic, LOOM) and web-based ontology languages, and conclude with the results of applying this framework to the selected languages.

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  • Oscar Corcho

  • Asunción Gómez-Pérez

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