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Contribution to the elaboration of a decision support system based on modular ontologies for ecological labelling

Xu, Da. Contribution to the elaboration of a decision support system based on modular ontologies for ecological labelling. PhD, Informatique et Génie Industriel, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, 2017

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With the rising concern of sustainability and environmental performance, eco-labeled products and services are becoming more and more popular. In addition to the financial costs, the long and complex process of eco-labeling sometimes demotivates manufacturers and service providers to be certificated. In this research work, we propose a decision support process and implement a decision support platform aiming at further improvement and acceleration of the eco-labeling process in order to democratize a broader application and certification of eco-labels. The decision support platform is based on a comprehensive knowledge base composed of various domain ontologies that are constructed according to official eco-label criteria documentation. Traditional knowledge base in relational data model is low interoperable, lack of inference support and difficult to be reused. In our research, the knowledge base composed of interconnected ontologies modules covers various products and services, and allows reasoning and semantic querying. A domain-centric modularization scheme about EU Eco-label laundry detergent product criteria is introduced as an application case. This modularization scheme separates the entity knowledge and rule knowledge so that the ontology modules can be reused easily in other domains. We explore a reasoning methodology based on inference with SWRL (Semantic Web Rule Language) rules which allows decision making with explanation. Through standard RDF (Resource Description Framework) and OWL (Web Ontology Language) ontology query interface, the assets of the decision support platform will stimulate domain knowledge sharing and can be applied into other application. In order to foster the reuse of ontology modules, we also proposed a usercentric approach for federate contextual ontologies (mapping and integration). This approach will create an ontology federation by a contextual configuration that avoid the “OWL:imports” disadvantages. Instead of putting mapping or new semantics in ontology modules, our approach will conserve the extra contextual information separately without impacting original ontologies or without importing all ontologies’ concepts. By introducing this contextualization, it becomes easier to support more expressive semantics in term of ontology integration itself, then it will also facilitate application agents to access and reuse ontologies. To realize this approach, we elaborate a new plug-in for the Protégé ontology editor.

Item Type:PhD Thesis
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
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Archimède, Bernard and Karray, Mohamed Hedi
Deposited On:16 Jan 2018 11:22

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