Populating the ontology

Following our workshop, in addition to implementing some of the necessary changes to the ontology, such as software suites, we’ve also been busy adding software.  The original SWO has been incorporated (although we still need to do some tidying), and we’re slowly working through the spreadsheet that was created during the workshop, adding those pieces of software.  This is a tedious job, particularly given the modular nature of the ontology, which keeps things tidy but makes it slow to add software.  I have found it simpler to add each column at a time rather than row at a time, i.e., add the licences, then the organisations, etc. in groups, then add the software afterwards, rather than adding a new licence, new organisation, etc. for each piece of software.  Boring it may be, but it is a useful exercise, highlighting areas that are difficult to capture or express.


About Andy Brown

Researcher on the JISC-funded SWORD (Software Ontology for Resource Description) project, at the University of Manchester.
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2 Responses to Populating the ontology

  1. Maria Copeland says:

    Hi Andy
    I have a few questions regarding the spreadsheet which I can’t recall from the session”
    Do the categories in the spreadsheet corresponded to classes already modelled in the ontology (which in turn would have been part of the clusters identified in the first meeting back in March)?
    Or were the categories suggested at this meeting?


    • Andy Brown says:

      Hi Maria,

      If I remember correctly, the spreadsheet columns were based on the classes identified at the first workshop, although not all of the model had been implemented. The second meeting used the spreadsheet populating exercise to give participants some context before re-visiting the priorities – it was expected that actually describing software would help people get a richer understanding of the importance of the classes and the difficulties involved in describing them. I hope that helps.


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