Virtual community of practice ontocop: Towards a new model of Information Science Ontology (ISO)

Ahlam Sawsaa, Zhongyu Lu

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Information Science (IS) is an ambiguous field as its boundaries overlap with other domains such as Archive Science, Library Science and Computing Science which requires defined clear definition. This study creates a systematic and comprehensive ontology targeted to explore IS boundaries and foundations. This paper uses Mereotopolgy theory to describe classes, instances and their relations. The classes are created based on taxonomy of IS to create an asserted model of Information Science Ontology (ISO) that can be as a skeletal foundation for knowledge base. The main classes are Actors, Method, Practice, Studies, Mediate, Kinds, Domains, Resources, Legislation, Philosophy & Theories, Societal, Time, and Space. The design is based on Methontology to create ISO from scratch. Its framework facilitates the construction of ontology at the knowledge levels. It is found that identifying the IS boundaries through implementation ontology workflow is encoded using Protégé and Web Ontology Language (OWL) for formalizing and representation of the ISO. ISO is an effective way to represent knowledge and overcome semantic heterogeneity, ISO is a fundamental integration between semantic that realizes the interoperability information of the domain.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Retrieval Methods for Multidisciplinary Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781466638990
ISBN (Print)1466638982, 9781466638983
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2013


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