OntoDM-core design criteria assessment

After the ontology was constructed, we assessed it against the principles used to design it and implement it in order to see how the finalized ontology fits them. The set of principles (in total 29) are divided into four groups: scope and structural assessment; naming and vocabulary assessment; documentation and collaboration assessment; and availability, maintenance, and use assessment.

The scope and structure assessment of OntoDM-core checks its

  • coverage,
  • the use of upper-level ontology,
  • relations,
  • reuse of other ontologies,
  • ontology modularity,
  • use of disjoint classes,
  • use of single inheritance,
  • is-a completeness,
  • established domains and ranges of the relations,
  • use of inverse relations,
  • orthogonality with other ontologies, and
  • instantiability.

The naming and vocabulary assessment checks

  • the ontology language,
  • the use of annotation properties,
  • annotation of labels of classes and relations,
  • the definition of the ontology namespace,
  • naming of ontology terms,
  • multi-lingual capabilities,
  • the use of naming conventions, and
  • referencing of external classes.

The documentation and collaboration assessment checks

  • the provided definitions of classes and relations,
  • evaluates the documentation of the ontology, and
  • the listed collaboration efforts.

The availability, maintenance and use assessment checks the use of reasoners, openness and availability, versioning, the established users of the ontology, maintenance, and handling of obsolete classes.

The results of the evaluation are summarized as follows:

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