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Ontology development for the Semantic Web: An HTML form-based reverse engineering approach

Abstract : The rapid growth of the Internet makes information available any where and anytime. As a result, most businesses runWeb-based front-end databases upon which online services are offered to end-users. The next generation of theWeb, the semantic Web, seeks to offer data in a usable form for automatic reasoning. To this purpose, it is necessary to make existing database content ready-to-use for semantic Web applications, which use ontologies to formally define the semantics of their data. The availability and proliferation of ontologies are crucial to the success of the semantic Web. Lately, ontologies have become the focus of research in several areas including knowledge engineering and management, information retrieval and integration, agent systems, the semantic Web, etc. Therefore, a large number of initiatives focus on building ontologies through automatic or semi-automatic processes. Nevertheless building ontologies is so costly that the progress of the semantic Web enhancement can get refrained. The major difficulties in building ontology reside in the manual work that could be prone to error. Therefore, the use of a semi-automatic ontology extraction technique is attractive. In this thesis we present a semi-automatic reverse engineering approach that uses a relational database's HTML forms and a set of transformation rules to produce to an OWL ontology. Our approach proceeds by extracting semantics from the HTML forms that relational databases expose to the external world. Prior to building the ontology in a semi-automatic way, the extracted semantics is combined with the proper semantics that underpins these relational databases. The main reason for this construction is to make the relational database information that is available on the Web machine-processable and reduce the time consuming task of ontology creation.
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Sidi Mohamed Benslimane, Djamal Benslimane, Mimoun Malki, Zakaria Maamar, Philippe Thiran, et al.. Ontology development for the Semantic Web: An HTML form-based reverse engineering approach. International Journal of Web Engineering, 2007, 2, 6, pp.143-164. ⟨hal-01531209⟩



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