The growing interest in ontologies is concomitant with the increasing use of agent systems in user environment. Ontologies have established themselves as schemas for encoding knowledge about a particular domain, which can be interpreted by both humans and agents to accomplish a task in cooperation. However, construction of the domain ontologies is a bottleneck, and planning towards reuse of domain ontologies is essential. Current methodologies concerned with ontology development have not dealt with explicit reuse of domain ontologies. This paper presents guidelines for systematic construction of reusable domain ontologies. A purpose-driven approach has been adopted. The guidelines have been used for constructing ontologies in the Experimental High-Energy Physics domain.
Proceedings of the 3rd Workshop on Ontologies in Agent Systems (W11 OAS 2003), held in conjunction with the 2nd International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS 2003), Melbourne, Victoria Australia, 14-18 July 2003 / Stephen Cranefield, Tim Finin, Valentina Tamma and Steven Willmott (eds.),