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Automated UML-Based Ontology Generation in OSLO²

by Dieter De Paepe, Geert Thijs, Ruben Verborgh, Erik Mannens, and Raf Buyle

In 2015, Flanders Information started the OSLO² project, aimed at easing the exchange of data and increasing the interoperability of Belgian government services. RDF ontologies were developed to break apart the government data silos and stimulate data reuse. However, ontology design still encounters a number of difficulties. Since domain experts were generally unfamiliar with RDF, a design process was needed that allowed these experts to understand the model as it was being developed. We designed the ontologies using UML, a modeling language well known within the government, as a single source specification. From this source, the ontology and other relevant documents were generated. This paper describes the conversion tooling and the pragmatic approaches that were taken into account in its design. While this tooling is somewhat focused on the design principles used in the OSLO² project, it can serve as the basis for a generic conversion tool. All source code and documentation are available online.

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Published in 2017 in Proceedings of the 14th ESWC: Posters and Demos.

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@inproceedings{depaepe_eswc_demo_2017,
  author = {De Paepe, Dieter and Thijs, Geert and Verborgh, Ruben and Mannens, Erik and Buyle, Raf},
  title = {Automated {UML}-Based Ontology Generation in {OSLO²}},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of the 14th ESWC: Posters and Demos},
  editor = {Blomqvist, Eva and Hose, Katja and Paulheim, Heiko and {\L}awrynowicz, Agnieszka and Ciravegna, Fabio and Hartig, Olaf},
  series = {Lecture Notes in Computer Science},
  volume = 10577,
  publisher = {Springer},
  pages = {93--97},
  isbn = {978-3-319-70407-4},
  year = 2017,
  month = may,
  doi = {10.1007/978-3-319-70407-4_18},
}

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D. De Paepe, G. Thijs, R. Verborgh, E. Mannens, and R. Buyle, “Automated UML-Based Ontology Generation in OSLO²,” in Proceedings of the 14th ESWC: Posters and Demos, 2017, vol. 10577, pp. 93–97.
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Dieter De Paepe, Geert Thijs, Ruben Verborgh, Erik Mannens, and Raf Buyle. 2017. Automated UML-Based Ontology Generation in OSLO². In Eva Blomqvist, Katja Hose, Heiko Paulheim, Agnieszka Ławrynowicz, Fabio Ciravegna, & Olaf Hartig, eds. Proceedings of the 14th ESWC: Posters and Demos. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Springer, 93–97.
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De Paepe, D., Thijs, G., Verborgh, R., Mannens, E., Buyle, R.: Automated UML-Based Ontology Generation in OSLO². In: Blomqvist, E., Hose, K., Paulheim, H., Ławrynowicz, A., Ciravegna, F., and Hartig, O. (eds.) Proceedings of the 14th ESWC: Posters and Demos. pp. 93–97. Springer (2017).
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De Paepe, D., Thijs, G., Verborgh, R., Mannens, E., & Buyle, R. (2017). Automated UML-Based Ontology Generation in OSLO². In E. Blomqvist, K. Hose, H. Paulheim, A. Ławrynowicz, F. Ciravegna, & O. Hartig (Eds.), Proceedings of the 14th ESWC: Posters and Demos (Vol. 10577, pp. 93–97). Springer.
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De Paepe, Dieter et al. “Automated UML-Based Ontology Generation in OSLO².” Proceedings of the 14th ESWC: Posters and Demos. Ed. Eva Blomqvist et al. Vol. 10577. Springer, 2017. 93–97. Print. Lecture Notes in Computer Science.

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