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Ontologies in engineering: the OntoDB/OntoQL platform

Aït-Ameur, Yamine and Baron, Mickael and Bellatreche, Ladjel and Jean, Stéphane and Sardet, Eric Ontologies in engineering: the OntoDB/OntoQL platform. (2017) Soft Computing, 21 (2). 369-389. ISSN 1432-7643

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00500-015-1633-5


Ontologies have been increasingly used over the past few decades in a wide range of application domains spanning both academic and industrial communities. As ontologies are the cornerstone of the Semantic Web, the technologies developed in this context, including ontology languages, specialized databases and query languages, have become widely used. However, the expressiveness of the proposed ontology languages does not always cover the needs of specific domains. For instance, engineering is a domain for which the LIAS laboratory has proposed dedicated solutions with a worldwide recognition. The underlying assumptions made in the context of the Semantic Web, an open and distributed environment, do not apply to the controlled environments of our projects where the correctness and completeness of modeling can be guaranteed to a certain degree. As a consequence, we have developed over the last decades a specialized standard ontology language named PLIB associated with the OntoDB/OntoQL platform to manage ontological engineering data within a database. The goal of this paper is threefold: (1) to share our experience in manipulating ontologies in the engineering domain by describing their specificities and constraints; (2) to define a comprehensive classification of ontologies with respect to three main research communities: Artificial Intelligence, Databases and Natural Language Processing and (3) to present a persistent solution, called OntoDB, for managing extremely large semantic data sets associated with an ontological query language, called OntoQL. These objectives are illustrated by several examples that show the effectiveness and interest of our propositions in several industrial projects in different domains including vehicle manufacturing and CO2 storage.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-02486126
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès - UT2J (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse 1 Capitole - UT1 (FRANCE)
Other partners > Université de Poitiers (FRANCE)
Other partners > Centre Régional d'Innovation et de Transfert de Technologie en Informatique - CRIIT Informatique (France)
Laboratory name:
LIAS : Laboratoire d'Informatique et d'Automatique pour les Systèmes (France)
Deposited On:06 Feb 2020 16:43

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