A framework for handling inconsistency in changing ontologies

Peter Haase*, Frank Van Harmelen, Zhisheng Huang, Heiner Stuckenschmidt, York Sure

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One of the major problems of large scale, distributed and evolving ontologies is the potential introduction of inconsistencies. In this paper we survey four different approaches to handling inconsistency in DL-based ontologies: consistent ontology evolution, repairing inconsistencies, reasoning in the presence of inconsistencies and multi-version reasoning. We present a common formal basis for all of them, and use this common basis to compare these approaches. We discuss the different requirements for each of these methods, the conditions under which each of them is applicable, the knowledge requirements of the various methods, and the different usage scenarios to which they would apply.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Semantic Web, ISWC 2005 - 4th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2005, Proceedings
Number of pages15
Volume3729 LNCS
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event4th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2005 - Galway, Ireland
Duration: 6 Nov 200510 Nov 2005

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume3729 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Conference4th International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2005


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