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Paper ID: 2818

Ontology Building as Practical Work: Lessons from CSCW
Yuwei,Lin Rob,Procter Dave,Randall John,Rooksby Wes,Sharrock

Appeared in: Proceedings of the UK e-Science All Hands Conference 2007 website: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2007/
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Publisher: National e-Science Centre
Year: 2007
ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9553988-3-4
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Field of Science: e-Science

URL: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2007/proceedings/papers/826.pdf

Abstract: Ontologies are a key technology for the realisation of the e-Science aims of increasing the sharing and re-use of scientific data, and of greater collaboration in research. Ontology building can be thought of sociologically. By this we mean, the work undertaken and the problems and difficulties entailed can be understood in terms of the practices of knowledge workers and the practical nature of ‘sorting things out’. It does appear that many of the problems in the work of ontology building carry a resemblance to problems in software engineering, particularly the engineering of cooperative systems. In this paper, we discuss research in the field of Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) that has focused on classification and which, we believe, throws some light on ontology building. We then introduce some early data from our own ethnographic studies of ontology building.

Keywords: e-Science, AHM 2007


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