Abstract: Published ontologies frequently fall short of their promises to enable knowledge sharing and reuse. This may be due to too strong or too weak ontological commitments; one way to prevent this is to engineer the ontology to be modular, thus allowing users to more easily adapt ontologies to their own individual use-cases. In order to enable this engineering paradigm, there is a distinct need for developing more supporting tools and infrastructure. This increased support can be immediately impactful in a number of ways: guides engineers through best practices and promote ontology design pattern discovery, sharing, and reuse. To meet these needs, this PhD project explores the development of a comprehensive modular ontology IDE and tool suite.
Keywords: pattern-capable ontology ide; opla; ontology engineering; modular ontologies