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ERIC Number: ED547524
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 240
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ISBN: 978-1-2674-5288-7
Surreptitious, Evolving and Participative Ontology Development: An End-User Oriented Ontology Development Methodology
Bachore, Zelalem
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Ontology not only is considered to be the backbone of the semantic web but also plays a significant role in distributed and heterogeneous information systems. However, ontology still faces limited application and adoption to date. One of the major problems is that prevailing engineering-oriented methodologies for building ontologies do not actively involve end-users but instead rely on a small group of domain experts, which presents barriers to both knowledge elicitation and knowledge sharing. Based on an extensive and critical review of extant ontology development methodologies, a number of issues are identified that could hinder the involvement of end-users in the ontology development process. To address these issues, a surreptitious ontology development methodology is proposed in the dissertation. Based on the result of a usability study, the methodology is refined and a prototype system is developed to implement the methodology. Moreover, a theoretical model is built to predict the impact of surreptitious ontology development on common intentions and conceptual dynamics of the output ontology and commitment by end-users. To test the research model, a field experiment is conducted over a three-month period. The results of data analyses provide support for the proposed methodology in improving the quality and adoption intention of ontology. This research has multifold theoretical and practical implications. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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