Chinese Whispers and Connected Alignments

Oliver Kutz, Immanuel Normann, Till Mossakowski, Dirk Walther

In: Pavel Shvaiko et al. (Hrsg.). Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Ontology Matching. International Workshop on Ontology Matching (OM-10) 5th befindet sich collocated with the 9th International Semantic Web Conference ISWC-2010 November 7 Shanghai China Seiten 25-36 CEUR-WS online proceedings 689 CEUR-WS online proceedings 2010.


This paper investigates the idea to treat repositories of ontologies as interlinked networks of ontologies, formally captured by the notion of a hyperontology. We apply standard matching algorithms to automatically create the linkage structure of the repository by performing pairwise matching. Subsequently, we define a modular workflow to construct combinations of alignments for any finite number of ontologies. This workflow employs and makes interoperable several tools from the ontology engineering world, comprising matching, reasoning, and structuring tools, and supports in particular modular ontology extraction based on alignment, and a study and empirical analysis of (in)consistency propagation in connected alignments (the Chinese Whispers problem).

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