Criteria and evaluation for ontology modularization techniques

d'Aquin, Mathieu; Schlicht, Anne; Stuckenschmidt, Heiner and Sabou, Marta (2009). Criteria and evaluation for ontology modularization techniques. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5445, pp. 67–89.



While many authors have argued for the benefits of applying principles of modularization to ontologies, there is not yet a common understanding of how modules are defined and what properties they should have. In the previous section, this question was addressed from a purely logical point of view. In this chapter, we take a broader view on possible criteria that can be used to determine the quality of a modules. Such criteria include logic-based, but also structural and application-dependent criteria, sometimes borrowing from related fields such as software engineering. We give an overview of possible criteria and identify a lack of application-dependent quality measures. We further report some modularization experiments and discuss the role of quality criteria and evaluation in the context of these experiments.

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