Contextual Ontologies: Motivations, Challenges, and Solutions

Djamal Benslimane, Ahmed Arara, Gilles Falquet, Zakaria Maamar, Philippe Thiran, Faiez Gargouri

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Contextual ontologies are ontologies that characterize a concept by a set of properties that vary according to context. Contextual ontologies are now crucial for users who intend to exchange information in a domain. Existing ontology languages are not capable of defining such type of ontologies. The objective of this paper is to formally define a contextual ontology language to support the development of contextual ontologies. In this paper, we use description logics as an ontology language and then we extend it by introducing a new contextual constructor.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLecture Notes in Computer Science
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Information Systems
EditorsErich Neuhold, Tatyana Yakhno
ISBN (Print)3-540-46291-0
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • Context
  • Ontology
  • Description logics


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