DODDLE-OWL: Interactive Domain Ontology Development with Open Source Software in Java

Takeshi MORITA  Naoki FUKUTA  Noriaki IZUMI  Takahira YAMAGUCHI  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E91-D   No.4   pp.945-958
Publication Date: 2008/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Knowledge-Based Software Engineering)
Category: Knowledge Engineering
Keyword: 
domain ontology,  OWL,  open software,  

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Summary: 
In this paper, we propose an interactive domain ontology development environment called DODDLE-OWL. DODDLE-OWL refers to existing ontologies and supports the semi-automatic construction of taxonomic and other relationships in domain ontologies from documents. Integrating several modules, DODDLE-OWL is a practical and interactive domain ontology development environment. In order to evaluate the efficiency of DODDLE-OWL, we compared DODDLE-OWL with popular manual-building method. In order to evaluate the scalability of DODDLE-OWL, we constructed a large sized ontology over 34,000 concepts in the field of rocket operation using DODDLE-OWL. Through the above evaluation, we confirmed the efficiency and the scalability of DODDLE-OWL. Currently, DODDLE-OWL is open source software in Java and has 100 and more users from 20 and more countries.