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Facets, tiers and gems: Ontology patterns for hypernormalisation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Phillip Lord



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by CEUR-WS, 2017.

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© 2018 CEUR-WS. All rights reserved. There are many methodologies and techniques for easing the task of ontology building. Here we describe the intersection of two of these: ontology normalisation and fully programmatic ontology development. The first of these describes a standardized organisation for an ontology, with singly inherited self-standing entities, and a number of small taxonomies of refining entities. The former are described and defined in terms of the latter and used to manage the polyhierarchy of the self-standing entities. Fully programmatic development is a technique where an ontology is developed using a domain-specific language within a programming language, meaning that as well defining ontological entities, it is possible to add arbitrary patterns or new syntax within the same environment. We describe how new patterns can be used to enable a new style of ontology development that we call hypernormalisation.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lord P, Stevens R

Editor(s): Matthew Horridge, Phillip Lord, Jennifer D. Warrender

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2017)

Year of Conference: 2017

Online publication date: 11/07/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Date deposited: 12/11/2018

ISSN: 1613-0073

Publisher: CEUR-WS


Series Title: CEUR Workshop Proceedings