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Wordified ontologies: Evaluating a novel paradigm for ontology editing

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Aisha Blfgeh, Dr Phillip Lord



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© 2019 CEUR-WS. All rights reserved. Ontologies can be edited with tools such as Protégé, or with various other forms of source code. The editing process involves insertion, deletion, or fixing errors. In this paper we propose an editing process using Microsoft Word, where users can manipulate any text, adding comments and use all the facilities provided by a familiar word-processing environment. This new technique for visualising and editing ontologies has been tested and evaluated; the results are promising as modifying an ontology in Word is preferred by users to Protégé for some ontology editing tasks. We suggest, therefore, that alternative text based representations and office tools may be useful in the ontology engineering lifecycle.

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Author(s): Blfgeh A, Lord P

Editor(s): Diehl, AD; Duncan, WD; Sanso, G

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2019)

Year of Conference: 2019

Online publication date: 30/07/2019

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

Date deposited: 13/09/2021

ISSN: 1613-0073

Publisher: CEUR-WS


Series Title: CEUR Workshop Proceedings