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Providing ontology support for social simulation

Pignotti, Edoardo, Edwards, Pete, Preece, Alun David ORCID:, Polhill, Gary and Gotts, Nick 2005. Providing ontology support for social simulation. Presented at: First International Conference on eSocial Science, Manchester, UK, 22-24 June 2005.

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Semantic Web technologies facilitate tasks such as collaboration, shared experimentation, and annotation of resources and have particular strength in capturing qualitative scientific arguments. In this paper we explore the design of an ontology for a social simulation tool called FEARLUS-G. This lead to a description of the tools used during the ontology engineering, and how the ontology was integrated in the FEARLUS-G service architecture. Overview In this paper we explore the use of Semantic Web technologies through the design of an ontology for a social simulation tool (Polhill, J., et. al., 2001). This work was carried out as part of the FEARLUS-G 1 project (Pignotti, E., et. al., 2005) which allows large scale simulation experiments to be distributed over the Grid (Foster, et. al., 2001) FEARLUS-G also includes infrastructure to support management of meta-data; at the core of this is an ontology which facilitates sharing and re-use of resources among land-use scientists. We begin by providing a brief introduction to Semantic Web technologies and their potential role within eSocial Science. Next, we discuss some software tools and outline how these were used during the FEARLUS-G project to construct an ontology. We conclude with an explanation of how this ontology was embedded within the FEARLUS-G service architecture to enhance the scientific process. The Semantic Web The Semantic Web (Berners-Lee, T., et. al., 2001) is a vision in which today's Web will be extended with machine readable content, and where every resource will be marked-up using machine readable meta-data; a family of XML-based technologies, most notably the Resource.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 10:30

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