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Is there beauty in ontologies?

d'Aquin, Mathieu and Gangemi, Aldo (2011). Is there beauty in ontologies? Applied Ontology, 6(3) pp. 165–175.

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This position paper presents an introduction to the special issue of Applied Ontology on “Beautiful Ontologies”. It discusses the relevance of considering the notion of beauty when building and evaluating ontologies, making a parallel with other disciplines such as physics and software engineering. It also discusses the difference between the beauty of an ontology and the notion of quality generally considered in ontology evaluation. Finally, it discusses examples included in the articles of the special issue, to show that a beautiful ontology can be seen as one that integrates contradictory requirements.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2011 IOS Press and the authors
ISSN: 1875-8533
Keywords: ontologies; beauty; quality; evaluation; knowledge engineering
Academic Unit/Department: Knowledge Media Institute
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 31061
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 10:55
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2014 21:17
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