Published: 2002 September
Verlag: CEUR-WS Publication http://CEUR-WS.org
In the Evaluation of Ontology-based Tools workshop we intend to bring together researchers and practitioners from the fastly developing research areas Ontologies and Semantic Web. Currently the semantic web attracts researchers from all around the world. Numerous tools and applications of semantic web technologies are already available and the number is growing fast. However, deploying large scale ontology solutions typically involves several separate tasks and requires applying multiple tools. Therefore pragmatic issues such as interoperability are key if industry is to be encouraged to take up ontology technology rapidly. The main aim of this workshop is therefore to encourage and stimulate discussions about the evaluation of ontology-based tools. The large visibility of the semantic web, it's tools and applications already attracts industrial partners, e.g. in numerous projects funded by the European Commission. In particular, as tools move from academic institutions into commercial environments they have to fulfil stronger requirements and in some cases new requirements (e.g. concerning scalability and multi-user access). Different tools from different sources need to interoperate. Typically tools are not anymore standalone solutions but integrated into a framework. This framework must be open to other commercial applications and provide connectors and interfaces to industrial standards. Larger applications need also larger ontologies and therefore require substantially more performance and scalability. A systematic evaluation of the tools might lead to a consistent level of quality and thus acceptance by industry. For the future this might lead into certification efforts for such tools.
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