Ontologies Are Us: A unified model of social networks and semantics

Peter Mika

Abstract


In our work the traditional bipartite model of ontologies is extended with the social dimension, leading to a tripartite model of actors, concepts and instances.We demonstrate the application of this representation by showing how community-based semantics emerges from this model through a process of graph transformation. We illustrate ontology emergence by two case studies, an analysis of a large scale folksonomy system and a novel method for the extraction of community-based ontologies from Web pages.

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Type of Paper: Research Paper
Keywords: Knowledge representation; Folksonomies; Tagging
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