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Towards Ontology Evaluation across the Life Cycle



Fabian M. Neuhaus, Amanda Vizedom, Ken Baclawski, Mike Bennet, Mike Dean, Michael Denny, Michael Gruninger, Ali Hashemi, Terry Longstreth, Leo Obrst, Steven R. Ray, Ram D. Sriram, Todd Schneider, Marcela Vegetti, Matthew West, Peter Yim


Currently, there is no agreed on methodology for development of ontologies, and there is no consensus on how ontologies should be evaluated. Consequently, evaluation techniques and tools are not widely utilized in the development of ontologies. This can lead to ontologies of poor quality and is an obstacle to the successful deployment of ontologies as a technology. This document focuses on the evaluation of five aspects of the quality of ontologies: intelligibility, fidelity, craftsmanship, fitness, and deployability. A model for the ontology life cycle is presented, and evaluation criteria are presented in the context of the phases of the life cycle. We discuss the availability of tools and the document ends with observations and recommendations.
Applied Ontology


ontology, life cycle, evaluation


Neuhaus, F. , Vizedom, A. , Baclawski, K. , Bennet, M. , Dean, M. , Denny, M. , Gruninger, M. , Hashemi, A. , , T. , Obrst, L. , Ray, S. , Sriram, R. , Schneider, T. , Vegetti, M. , West, M. and Yim, P. (2013), Towards Ontology Evaluation across the Life Cycle, Applied Ontology, [online], (Accessed May 24, 2024)


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Created May 3, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017