A method for designing computation-driven ontologies in the geosciences

Flor Salcedo, University of Texas at El Paso


The Geoscience Network (GEON) is developing the cyber-infrastructure that will allow geoscientists to discover, access, contribute, and reuse knowledge from multiple sources. Ontologies may be used to represent knowledge in a given domain. The creation of ontologies in a scientific domain of interest is one of the means for supporting the GEON effort; however, the process of creating scientific ontologies is relatively new and still unclear. The challenge is to coalesce the needs of domain experts, who wish to capture knowledge in a discipline through the ontology, with those of computer scientists, who strive for ontologies that leverage knowledge to support computational technologies. This thesis defines a method for designing a computation-driven ontology that facilitates knowledge discovery and understanding as well as the definition of concepts and relationships that support composition of services. Visual techniques are developed to support the design method. A case study based on knowledge about gravity, an area of interest in GEON, was conducted to evaluate the method. ^

Subject Area

Computer Science

Recommended Citation

Salcedo, Flor, "A method for designing computation-driven ontologies in the geosciences" (2006). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI1435334.