Knowledge Systems Laboratory
Abstract: Towards A Commercial Ontology Development Environment
While research in knowledge representation, ontologies,
and related environments has a rich history, interest is
just beginning to extend to the broader business community.
Emerging applications in collaboration, application
integration, web services, and content management require
large, complex ontologies that must be built and
maintained by distributed teams.
Because such ontologies can be difficult even for experts
to build, the need for a new generation of
commercial-grade tools supporting knowledge sharing and
collaborative ontology development is becoming increasingly urgent.
Current ontology development systems such as
Ontolingua and Chimaera,
Protégé, and LOOM have emerged from the
knowledge representation research community.
Unfortunately, most are not widely known outside
the artificial intelligence arena and their use
requires significant understanding of knowledge
representation languages and methodologies.
On the other hand, commercial methodologies for
object-oriented analysis, design, and implementation
such as the Object Management Group's
Unified Modeling Language (UML) have become
industry standards and have a rapidly growing user
Sandpiper Software is developing key components of
a model-driven interoperability framework designed
to support collaboration in a highly distributed,
namely, a suite of tools designed to resolve
ambiguity issues, terminology conflicts, and other
complex information sharing issues.
The Company's solutions are based on knowledge
representation, information brokering, and intelligent
agents, as well as component and
standards-based software engineering best practices
Key drivers for Sandpiper's innovative
approach include scalability, flexibility,
and commercial quality well beyond the
capabilities of LISP and PROLOG-based tools,
as well as support for distributed development,
integration with best-in-class configuration management
tools, and ease-of-use by domain subject-matter experts.
This paper and associated poster describe the Sanpiper ToolSuite.
Elisa F. Kendall, Mark E. Dutra, and
Deborah L. McGuinness.
``Towards A Commercial Ontology Development Environment''.
Proceedings of the
International Semantic Web Conference Late-Breaking Topics.
Sardinia, Italy, June 9-12, 2002.
version of the submitted paper is available.
Selected Papers of Deborah L. McGuinness.
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