The Immediate Prospects for the Application of Ontologies in Digital Libraries

DeRidder, Jody L.
October 2007
Knowledge Organization;2007, Vol. 34 Issue 4, p227
Academic Journal
The purpose, scope, usage, methodology, cross-mapping and encoding of ontologies is summarized. A snapshot of current research and development includes available tools, ontologies, and query engines, with their applications. Benefits, problems, and costs are discussed, and the feasibility and usefulness of ontologies is weighed with respect to potential and current digital library arenas. The author concludes that ontology application potentially has a huge impact within knowledge management, enterprise integration, e-commerce, and possibly education. Outside of heavily funded domains, feasibility depends on assessment of various evolving factors, including the current tools and systems, level of adoption in the field, time and expertise available, and cost barriers.


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