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neonThe NeOn project (Lifecycle support for networked ontologies - FP6-027595) aimed to advance the state of the art in Ontology Engineering and Semantic Web technologies. The main goal was to provide effective methodological and tool support for developing a new breed of semantic applications, able to exploit effectively the large amounts of information and data, which are now available on the Web.

The project aimed at improving the capability to handle multiple networked ontologies that exist in a particular context, are created collaboratively, and might be highly dynamic and constantly evolving.

NeOn has developed both the tool support called NeOn Toolkit and the associated methodology, the NeOn Methodology, to make possible the development of the new generation of complex semantic applications.

For a more detailed description of the project, please visit the website of the project.

OEG's Role in NeOn

OEG was the leader of the methodological research within the project. OEG developed the NeOn Methodology framework, based on 9 scenarios, and created methodological guidelines for the following processes and activities:

  • Ontology Requirements Specification
  • Scheduling
  • Reuse of Ontological Resources
  • Reuse and Reengineering of Non-ontological Resources, including patterns for reengineering
  • Localization, including the LIR model
  • Evolution and the OMV

Additionally, OEG was involved in the development of different plug-ins for the NeOn Toolkit. Specifically, OEG developed Oyster, LabelTranslator, gOntt, ODEMapster, OWL Doc.

OEG was also involved in the three NeOn use cases providing mainly methodological help.


People involved in the development of the NeOn project were:

Main results and publications

As a main result, we are working in a NeOn Book that includes the main results of the project. You can find a summary of the book in "NeOn Methodology in a Nutshell".

Additionally, the following main publications have been generated in the context of this project:

  • M. C. Suárez-Figueroa, A. Gómez-Pérez, O. Muñoz, M. Vigo. gOntt, a Tool for Scheduling and Executing Ontology Development Projects. The 22nd International Conference on Software Engineering and Knowledge Engineering. San Francisco Bay, USA. July 1 - July 3, 2010
  • O. Muñoz-García. R. García-Castro. Guidelines for the specification and design of large-scale semantic applications. In 4th Asian Semantic Web Conference (ASWC 2009), Shanghai, China, December 2009.
  • A. Gómez-Pérez, M.C. Suárez-Figueroa, M. Vigo. gOntt: a Tool for Scheduling Ontology Development Projects. Demo paper in Proceedings of the 8th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2009).
  • M.C. Suárez-Figueroa, A. Gómez-Pérez. NeOn Methodology for Building Ontology Networks: a Scenario-based Methodology. Proceedings of the International Conference on Software, Services and Semantic Technologies (S3T 2009). ISBN: 978-954-9526-62-2. Pages: 160-167.
  • M.C. Suárez-Figueroa, A. Gómez-Pérez, Boris Villazón-Terrazas. How to write and use the Ontology Requirements Specification Document. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Ontologies, DataBases, and Applications of Semantics (ODBASE 2009). On the Move to Meaningful Internet Systems: OTM 2009. (Robert Meersman, Tharam Dillon, and Pilar Herrero). ISBN: 978-3-642-05150-0. LNCS 5871. Volume: Part II. Pages: 966-982.
  • M. Espinoza, E. Montiel-Ponsoda, A. Gómez-Pérez. Ontology Localization. Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP 2009), September 1-4, 2009, Redondo Beach, California, USA.
  • M. Espinoza, A. Gómez-Pérez, E. Montiel-Ponsoda. Multilingual and Localization Support for Ontologies. The Semantic Web: Research and Applications, 6th European  Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2009, Heraklion, Crete, Greece, May 31-June 4, 2009.
  • J. Hartmann, R. Palma, A. Gómez-Pérez. Ontology Repositories. Handbook of Ontologies (2nd edition). 2009. Springer. Berlin.
  • A. García-Silva, A. Gómez-Pérez, M.C. Suárez-Figueroa, B. Villazón-Terrazas. A Pattern Based Approach for Re-engineering Non-Ontological Resources into Ontologies. The Semantic Web, 3rd Asian Semantic Web Conference, ASWC 2008, Bangkok, Thailand, December 8-11, 2008.
  • G. Aguado de Cea, A. Gómez-Pérez, E. Montiel-Ponsoda, M.C. Suárez-Figueroa. Natural Language-based Approach for Helping in the Reuse of Ontology Design Patterns. 16th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management Knowledge Patterns (EKAW 2008). September 2008.
  • O. Muñoz-García, A. Gómez-Pérez, M. Iglesias-Sucasas, S. Kim. A workflow for the networked ontologies lifecycle: A case study in FAO of the UN. Current Topics in Artificial Intelligence. 12th Conference of the Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence, CAEPIA 2007, Salamanca, Spain, November 12-16, 2007. Selected Papers.
  • T. Tran, P. Haase, H. Lewen, O. Muñoz-García, A.Gómez-Pérez, R. Studer. Lifecycle-support in architectures for ontology-based information systems. The Semantic Web. Proceedings of the 6th International Semantic Web Conference and 2nd Asian Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2007 and ASWC 2007). Busan, Korea, November 11-15, 2007.

Finally, as results of the NeOn project we have developed the OMV ontology and the LIR ontology.



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