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BibliographyHeymans, Stijn; Ma, Li; Anicic, Darko; Ma, Zhilei; Steinmetz, Nathalie; Pan, Yue; Mei, Jing; Fokoue, Achille; Kalyanpur, Aditya; Kershenbaum, Aaron; Schonberg, Edith; Srinivas, Kavitha; Feier, Cristina; Hench, Graham; Wetzstein, Branimir; Keller, Uwe: Ontology Reasoning With Large Data Repositories.
In: Hepp, Martin (ed.); De Leenheer, Pieter (ed.); De Moor, Aldo (ed.); Sure, York (ed.): Ontology Management for the Semantic Web, Semantic Web Services, and Business Applications.
University of Stuttgart, Faculty of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Information Technology.
pp. 89-130, english.
Berlin, Heidelberg, New York: Springer-Verlag, November 1, 2007.
ISBN: 978-0-387-69899-1.
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CR-SchemaD.2.11 (Software Engineering Software Architectures)
Keywordsbusiness repository; IRIS; OWL DL; Reasoning with large datasets; Semantic; Business Process Management; WSML DL

Reasoning with large amounts of data together with ontological knowledge is becoming a pertinent issue. In this chapter, we will give an overviewof well-known ontology repositories, including native stores and database based stores, and highlight strengths and limitations of each store. We take Minerva as an example to analyze ontology storage in databases in depth, as well as to discuss efficient indexes for scaling up ontology repositories. We then discuss a scalable reasoning method for handling expressive ontologies, as well as summarize other similar approaches. We will subsequently delve into the details of one particular ontology language based on Description Logics called WSML-DL and show that reasoning with this language can be done by a transformation from WSML-DL to OWL DL and support all main DL-specific reasoning tasks. Finally, we illustrate reasoning and its relevance by showing a reasoning example in a practical business context by presenting the Semantic Business Process Repository (SBPR) for systemical management of semantic business process models. As part of this, we analyze the main requirements on a such a repository. We then compare different approaches for storage mechanisms for this purpose and show how a RDBMS in combination with the IRIS inference engine provides a suitable solution that deals well with the expressiveness of the query language and the required reasoning capabilities even for large amounts of instance data.

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Department(s)University of Stuttgart, Institute of Architecture of Application Systems, Architecture of Application Systems
Entry dateSeptember 17, 2007
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