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Ontologies for business analysis

If you are interested in learning how applied ontology works for Business Analysis then check out my Udemy course on Ontologies for Business Analysis.     Read more

A framework for managing your e-learning strategy

In this post I expose a conceptual framework which can be used as reference model for managing the e-learning life cycle and strategy. The framework provides an at-a-glance view of what needs to be planned and managed to achieve successful e-learning course development. The e-learning course development life cycle usually starts with audience analysis. This is related to understanding who the target audience is for the course in question. There are other phases which follow, for example, gathering requirements for course delivery. ... Read more

Learn buying and merchandising the ontology way

Not so long ago, in my post about "tailoring learning through ontological thinking", I elaborated on how the application of ontology principles in the design of learning interventions can provide a unique and enriching learning experience. I've, finally, been able to put the whole idea of "ontological thinking" into actual practice, by designing a new course about buying and merchandising in retail. If you are interested in learning how the complex field of buying and merchandising in retail works, but without ... Read more

Create a punchy promo video for your online course

The above is an example of what I was able to achieve as promo video for my Udemy course on Practical Knowledge Modelling. I was able to quickly create the video by observing and applying a simple set of steps and workflow to come up with, what I believe to be a decent promo video (given the feedback I've had from people who've watched it). In this post, therefore, I will document my thought process behind creating the promo video and ... 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

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

Core skills for the knowledge engineer

Introduction In this post we'll discuss some of the essential skills necessary for an individual to thrive in the role of knowledge engineer. Note that we'll be using the terms knowledge engineer, knowledge architect and ontologist interchangeably for simplicity. We are assuming that these roles all require expertise in developing technical ontologies using formal knowledge representation languages like the Web Ontology Language (OWL). Technical know-how The knowledge engineer should have technical know-how and full user-level understanding of computer-based ontology development tools. Very ... Read more

Building blocks of an ontology-driven system

There is an enormous amount of literature out there that investigates and documents ontology-related work. The literature remains very technical, highly specialised and somewhat overwhelming. This means that it is not easy for non-experts to understand what is actually required at a high level when contemplating a functional ontology-driven system. In this post, we’ll be looking at the building blocks that feed into the ‘minimum’ ontology-driven system from which benefits can be gained. The diagram in this post summarizes these essential building ... Read more