Design insights for the next wave ontology authoring tools


Ontologies have been employed across scientific and business domains for some time, and the proliferation of linked data means the number and range of potential authors is set to increase significantly. Ontologies using the Web Ontology Language (OWL) are complex artefacts, however: the authoring process requires not only knowledge of the application domain, but also skills in programming and logics. To date, there has been no systematic attempt to understand the effectiveness of existing tools, or explore what users really require to build successful ontologies. Here we address this shortfall, presenting insights from an interview study with 15 ontology authors. We identify the problems reported by authors, and the strategies they employ to solve them. We map the data to a set of design recommendations, which describe how tools of the future can support ontology authoring. A key challenge is dealing with information overload: improving the user's ability to navigate, populate and debug large ontologies will revolutionise the engineering process, and open ontology authoring up to a new generation of users.

DOI: 10.1145/2556288.2557284

Labs: Interaction Analysis and Modelling

Conference: Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '14

Citation: Design insights for the next wave ontology authoring tools : 1555

Date Published: 2014

Authors: Markel Vigo, Caroline Jay, Robert Stevens

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