Re: Comments to the ontology attributes


These are good suggestions.

Insofar as we have made a preliminary choice as to which ontologies to  
investigate further, I am wondering if these additions need to be  
filled out for the original candidates?  I think many of the  
candidates fell short at a far lower mark, and the ones remaining will  
be evaluated at a detailed level as they are incorporated (effectively  
achieving an immediate evaluation on these points).

I would propose to include your suggestions in the template list of  
attributes (and you may feel free to add them, or I will).  We could  
also choose to add them to each individual list also if you would  
like, but I am not sure that is worth the time.  What do you think?

One thing I would like to do in any case is include them in material  
MMI [1] has for evaluating ontologies, as they seem like important  
criteria.  Please let me know if that is any problem.



On Jul 7, 2009, at 5:54 AM, Raúl García Castro wrote:

> Dear all,
> I have a couple of comments regarding the ontology attributes that  
> we are using to describe the ontologies:
> In the ontology attributes we already take into account some aspect  
> of the ontology quality: that the ontology is well documented.
> Nevertheless, from our experience, there are other aspects that are  
> highly relevant such as the lack of anomalies (redundancies,  
> inconsistencies, etc.) in the ontology, which are important to know  
> to decide whether to reuse some ontology or part of it.
> Also, regarding the reliability (trust) of the ontology, now we  
> already consider if the ontology is maintained/supported by some  
> organization and its adoption.
> In this case, other relevant factors could be if the model described  
> by the ontology is supported by some theory and if the ontology has  
> been formally evaluated.
> Kind regards,
> -- 
> Dr. Raúl García Castro
> Ontology Engineering Group (
> Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
> Campus de Montegancedo, s/n - Boadilla del Monte - 28660 Madrid
> Phone: +34 91 336 36 70 - Fax: +34 91 352 48 19


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