Ontology Design for University Programmes

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has title::An Extension to University Ontologies Based on Programme Content
status: ongoing
Master: project within::Information Sciences
Student name: student name::Sahar Mojtahedi
Start start date:=2012/05/01
End end date:=2012/08/29
Supervisor: Guus Schreiber
Second reader: has second reader::Willem van Hage
Thesis: has thesis::Media:An_Extension_to_University_Ontologies_Based_on_Programme_Content.pdf‎
Poster: has poster::Media:Thesis_presentation.pptx‎

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In the world of networks and information sharing it is valuable to defined agreed glossaries in specific domains. It would help people in the field to share information while same meaning for terms is guaranteed in both ends. In In-formation Science this is possible by designing Semantic Webs and ontologies which are used for sharing and browsing concepts. In this paper, university programmes is considered as the domain with focusing on their content. We have broken down the programmes and courses into subject concepts and build an ontology based on the structure of programmes in the case under study to be shared by two universities working together. Existing vocabularies such as ACM-CCS, Cognitive Atlas were selected for mapping the subject concepts using SKOS mapping properties which made it possible to define different relations in classification of courses. The principles of Ontology Engineering were applied to the use case in all the steps such as decision making for defining concepts in the domain as classes or relations. The use case of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and University of Amsterdam was chosen due to their collaborations. The resulting ontology is aimed to aid students to browse programmes and tracks to find the best study direction according to their interest and skills. Through this paper, all the steps involved are discussed and in the end we analyse how the ontology can help students.