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A Methodology for Creating Ontologies for Engineering Design

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Saeema Ahmed

Department of Mechanical Engineering, MEK Engineering Design, Technical University of Denmark, Building 404, DK-2800 Lyngby, Denmarksah@mek.dtu.dk

Sanghee Kim

Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, United Kingdomshk32@eng.cam.ac.uk

Ken M. Wallace

Engineering Design Centre, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1PZ, United Kingdomkmw@eng.cam.ac.uk

J. Comput. Inf. Sci. Eng 7(2), 132-140 (Oct 26, 2006) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2720879 History: Received December 09, 2005; Revised October 26, 2006

This paper describes a six-stage methodology for developing ontologies for engineering design, together with the research methods and evaluation of each stage. The methodology focuses upon understanding a user’s domain models through empirical research. A case study of an ontology for searching, indexing, and retrieving engineering knowledge is described. The root concepts of the ontology were elicited from engineering designers. Relationships between concepts are extracted as the ontology is populated. The contribution of this research is a methodology to allow researchers and industry to create ontologies for their particular purpose and a thesaurus for the terms within the ontology.

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Methodology for development of an integrated taxonomy

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Issue taxonomy with examples of subclasses

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