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Tailoring learning through ontological thinking

There is no single way of going about tailoring and designing content (e.g. training material, teaching books, lecture teaching content, etc.) for learning and development purposes. It all boils down to what you want to give to your audience and how you go about doing that. If you are a teacher or instructor, there’s a strong likelihood that the composition of your learning content will have a somewhat subjective dimension to it – and this is totally fine, because at the ... Read more

Visio template for VOWL

Recently, I became interested in exploring what's out there as graphical specification for visualizing ontologies developed in the Web Ontology Language (OWL). Usually, ontology development tools and editing environments have their own visualizer plugins, e.g., Protégé comes with OWLViz and OntoGraf. Similar visualization tools work great but the graphical notations used have not necessarily been developed purposely for OWL. Then, I came across VOWL. VOWL stands for Visual Notation for OWL Ontologies and is a visual language for representing user ontologies expressed ... Read more

Ontology driven business analysis tool

Introduction Knowledge modelling has the potential of being extremely useful in the area of business analysis. Through ontology-based techniques it becomes possible to solve several ongoing issues faced by existing tools and methods in use. In this article, we're going to look at a novel approach for improving business analysis information and knowledge capture, through a multi-perspective ontology-based system. We’ll focus mainly on the idea without going into implementation-specific matters. Current tools and methods The role of the business analyst involves all ... Read more

Integrated ontology development metholodology

Introduction In this post we'll discuss a diagram which captures a methodology for ontology development as an integrated approach. The diagram provides a high level view of how to conduct ontology development with maximum coverage and places the core idea of requirements management at the heart of it. The diagram draws from several strands of widely adopted methodologies as well as observation patterns made over several works in the area of applied ontology. It is to be noted that the diagram ... Read more

LCA methodology description

Introduction My previous post identified how a process specification perspective can be applied to provide some structure and semantics for methodology description and execution, taking the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology as example. In this article, we'll apply this perspective and expose a well-rounded ontology that captures the full Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology description. To keep the core structure of the ontology within context, we'll reuse the four basic notions provided by the Process Specification Language (PSL) ontology (ISO18629-1:2004). These ... Read more

A process specification perspective on LCA

Introduction Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a methodology for studying a product system, from a sustainable engineering viewpoint, and quantifying and evaluating the environmental burden of that product system during its entire lifecycle. By objectively understanding the environmental profile of a product system, it becomes possible to propose and evaluate alternative product systems with potentially lesser environmental impact, where the results of the study are used to drive decision making. LCA considerations are highly important and should be factored into any ... Read more

Knowledge model for assembly planning

Design for assembly, disassembly, service and recycling are important approaches used in the area of product design engineering to plan for the efficient design, manufacture, operation and disposal of multi-part products from an assembly/disassembly viewpoint. The application of these approaches help optimize designs, simplify assembly methods during production, whilst reducing costs and lead times in several ways, amongst others. When making decisions about through-life product planning, adequate consideration needs to be given to design for assembly, disassembly, service and recycling. However, ... Read more

Knowledge framework for autistic care

The field of autistic care is very complex and there are several approaches and reference frameworks, e.g., SPELL, for supporting the job of carers who look after Service Users with autism. There is no one-size-fit-all solution simply because approaches are individualized due to the fact that the nature of the disability is distinct depending on the Service User. Due to the sheer complexity of the subject matter it makes it quite hard for care staff seeking to have a bird’s eye ... Read more

Planning for document browsing schemes

Introduction Browsing for documents when you don’t know what you are exactly looking for can be a non-trivial task. Very often, systems such as Content Management Systems offer relatively limited ways of browsing for documents and narrowing down the results of a search by using document metadata. Of course, one could argue that providing a large spectrum of metadata should resolve the browsing problem because greater coverage would be obtained for what people are looking for. Unfortunately, this is not the ... Read more

OWL formalization of the Zachman Framework

'The Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture' (a.k.a. 'The Enterprise Ontology') defines an arrangement of concepts for describing an enterprise. The framework is, for example, used as reference in business analysis practices to capture the various perspectives required for enterprise modelling. Although known as 'The Enterprise Ontology', some people argue that the Zachman Framework is not an ontology as such. We’re not going to get into this debate here and prefer to look at it as being a 'lightweight' ontology, i.e., a ... Read more
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