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Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences >> Call for Papers Vol. 8 No. 3, March 2017

Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences

Harvesting Information from the Internet to Construct Ontologies

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Author Steve Smith, Thomas W. Jackson
ISSN 2079-8407
On Pages 211-224
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 2
Issue Date February 01, 2012
Publishing Date February 01, 2012
Keywords Ontology Development; Information Retrieval; Information Harvesting; Information Reuse; Structured Knowledge Creation


The paper evaluates the effectiveness of harvesting information from the internet to aid in the low-cost construction of ontology. The paper describes how a proof-of-concept called OntoRanch was built, to harvest information and its relationships to construct ontology. A systems development methodology was adopted which recognises three main stages: concept development, system building, and system evaluation. The evaluation took an interpretive hybrid approach of using both a focus group and a questionnaire to evaluate the proof-of-concept OntoRanch. The findings show that the approach of reusing information by harvesting it from the internet can provide an effective self-sustaining process that enables ontologies to be constructed in a reduced amount of time and cost.  


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