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An analytical approach to building a core ontology for food

Devika P. Madalli (Documentation Research and Training Centre, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India)
Usashi Chatterjee (Documentation Research and Training Centre, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India)
Biswanath Dutta (Documentation Research and Training Centre, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 9 January 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the construction of a core ontology for food. To construct the core ontology, the authors propose here an approach called, yet another methodology for ontology plus (YAMO+). The goal is to exhibit the construction of a core ontology for a domain, which can be further extended and converted into application ontologies.

Design/methodology/approach

To motivate the construction of the core ontology for food, the authors have first articulated a set of application scenarios. The idea is that the constructed core ontology can be used to build application-specific ontologies for those scenarios. As part of the developmental approach to core ontology, the authors have proposed a methodology called YAMO+. It is designed following the theory of analytico-synthetic classification. YAMO+ is generic in nature and can be applied to build core ontologies for any domain.

Findings

Construction of a core ontology needs a thorough understanding of the domain and domain requirements. There are various challenges involved in constructing a core ontology as discussed in this paper. The proposed approach has proven to be sturdy enough to face the challenges that the construction of a core ontology poses. It is observed that core ontology is amenable to conversion to an application ontology.

Practical implications

The constructed core ontology for domain food can be readily used for developing application ontologies related to food. The proposed methodology YAMO+ can be applied to build core ontologies for any domain.

Originality/value

As per the knowledge, the proposed approach is the first attempt based on the study of the state of the art literature, in terms of, a formal approach to the design of a core ontology. Also, the constructed core ontology for food is the first one as there is no such ontology available on the web for domain food.

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Citation

Madalli, D.P., Chatterjee, U. and Dutta, B. (2017), "An analytical approach to building a core ontology for food", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 73 No. 1, pp. 123-144. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-02-2016-0015

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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