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YAMO: Yet Another Methodology for large-scale faceted Ontology construction

Biswanath Dutta (Department of Documentation Research and Training Centre, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India)
USASHI CHATTERJEE (Documentation Research and Training Centre, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India)
Devika P. Madalli (Department of Documentation Research and Training Centre, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 9 February 2015

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to propose a brand new ontology development methodology, called Yet Another Methodology for Ontology (YAMO) and demonstrate, step by step, the building of a formally defined large-scale faceted ontology for food.

Design/methodology/approach

YAMO is motivated by facet analysis and an analytico-synthetic classification approach. The approach ensures quality of the system precisely; it makes the system flexible, hospitable, extensible, sturdy, dense and complete. YAMO consists of two-way approaches: top-down and bottom-up. Based on YAMO, domain food, formally defined as large-scale ontology, is designed. To design the ontology and to define the scope and boundary of the domain, a group of people were interviewed to get a practical overview, which provided more insight to the theoretical understanding of the domain.

Findings

The result obtained from evaluating the ontology is a very impressive one. Based on the study, it was found that 94 per cent of the user’s queries were successfully met. This shows the efficiency and effectiveness of the YAMO methodology. An evaluator opined that the ontology is very deep and exhaustive.

Practical implications

The authors envision that the current work will have great implications on ontology developers and practitioners. YAMO will allow ontologists to construct a very deep, high-quality and large-scale ontology.

Originality/value

This paper illustrates a brand new ontology development methodology and demonstrates how the methodology can be applied to build a large-scale high-quality domain ontology.

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Acknowledgements

This work has been funded by India – Trento Program for Advanced Research (ITPAR) project, phase-III. The authors wish to thank Dr A. R. D. Prasad and all the anonymous evaluators for their support and valuable feedback.

Citation

Dutta, B., CHATTERJEE, U. and Madalli, D.P. (2015), "YAMO: Yet Another Methodology for large-scale faceted Ontology construction", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 19 No. 1, pp. 6-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-10-2014-0439

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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