Accession Number : ADA459575

Title :   Toward the Use of an Upper Ontology for U.S. Government and U.S. Military Domains: An Evaluation

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.

Corporate Author : MITRE CORP BEDFORD MA

Personal Author(s) : Semy, Salim K. ; Pulvermacher, Mary K. ; Obrst, Leo J.

PDF Url : ADA459575

Report Date : SEP 2004

Pagination or Media Count : 43

Abstract : Momentum is gaining to develop a Semantic Web to allow people and machines to share the meaning (semantics) of data and ultimately of applications. Key to the vision of a Semantic Web is the ability to capture data and application semantics in ontologies and map these ontologies together via related concepts. One approach for mapping disparate ontologies is to use a standard upper ontology. In determining how Semantic Web technologies might be applied to United States (U.S.) Government domains, the authors consider whether the use of standard upper ontologies makes sense in these environments. This paper attempts to examine current candidate standard upper ontologies and assess their applicability for a U.S. Government or U.S. Military domain. They evaluate the state of the art and applicability of upper ontologies through the lens of potential application in these domains. The evaluation includes consideration of the ontology purpose, ontological content decisions, licensing restrictions, structural differences, and maturity. The report concludes with some recommendations and predictions.

Descriptors :   *SEMANTICS, *MILITARY APPLICATIONS, *STANDARDS, *MAPPING, *ONTOLOGY, *INTERNET, TEST AND EVALUATION, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT, UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, INFORMATION EXCHANGE, INFORMATION RETRIEVAL, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, INTEROPERABILITY, COMPARISON

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Linguistics
      Computer Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE