Conceptual Modeling Meets Domain Ontology Development: A Reconciliation

Conceptual Modeling Meets Domain Ontology Development: A Reconciliation

Veda C. Storey (Department of Computer Information Systems, Robinson College of Business, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA)
Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/JDM.2017010102

Abstract

Domain ontologies and conceptual models similarly capture and represent concepts from the real world for inclusion in an information system. This paper examines challenges of conceptual modeling and domain ontology development when mapping to high-level ontologies. The intent is to reconcile apparent differences and position some of the inherent challenges in these closely-coupled areas of research, while providing insights into recognizing and resolving modeling difficulties.
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2. Conceptual Modeling And Ontology

The interconnection between conceptual modeling and ontology has been widely recognized (Wand and Weber 1993; Guarino and Musen 2005; 2015) because both deal with understanding things and concepts in the real world. Nevertheless, there are different approaches to conceptual modeling activities, as well as to understanding and adapting concepts from the field of ontology. Guarino (2009), for example, argues that, despite all of the work on ontology, there is no consensus on how to build ontological distinctions into knowledge representation languages. Table 1 first reviews some of the main terminology found in both literatures highlighting that much effort has been involved in attempting to understand these complex areas of research.

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