Historical Archive Ontologies - Requirements, Modeling and Visualization

Katifori Akrivi, Torou Elena, Vassilakis Costas, Lepouras Georgios, Halatsis Constantin, Daradimos Elias
Proceedings of the First IEEE International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (RCIS), Morocco 2007

Most ontology development methodologies and tools for ontology management deal with ontology snapshots, i.e. they model and manage only the most recent version of ontologies, which is inadequate for contexts where the history of the ontology is of interest, such as historical archives. This work presents a set of requirements for the modeling and visualization of a temporal ontology used as a tool for the representation of historical information. In accordance to these requirements, a visualization plug-in was designed and implemented, featuring a set of tools that enable users to efficiently examine ontology temporal characteristics such as class and instance evolution along the timeline.

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