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Research Project: eclassOWL: Ontologizing eCl@ss

Products and services categorization standards (PSCS), like UNSPSC, eCl@ss, eOTD, or the RosettaNet Technical Dictionary (RNTD) form a valuable set of concepts from the product and services domain and reflect some degree of consensus. They are thus a promising foundation for the creation of products and services ontologies. Existing approaches for this task, however, do neither properly reflect the specific semantics of the respective categorization standards, nor do they sufficiently address the high versioning dynamics due to product innovation. In this project I am developing a comprehensive approach for the proper reuse of such standards in product ontologies and am working on a complete OWL Lite version of eCl@ss.

June 16, 2006:       The eClassOWL 5.1 User's Guide is available in HTML and PDF!
March 15, 2006:    eClassOWL 5.1 is ready for release!

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  1. eClassOWL 5.1: Ontology Files and Documentation (OWL Lite/DLP, compressed file, ca. 2.4 MB)
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Related Publications:

Martin Hepp: Products and Services Ontologies: A Methodology for Deriving OWL Ontologies from Industrial Categorization Standards, Int'l Journal on Semantic Web & Information Systems (IJSWIS), Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 72-99, January-March 2006.

Martin Hepp: Representing the Hierarchy of Industrial Taxonomies in OWL: The gen/tax Approach
Proceedings of the ISWC Workshop Semantic Web Case Studies and Best Practices for eBusiness (SWCASE'05), November 7, Galway, Irland.
Martin Hepp: A Methodology for Deriving OWL Ontologies from Products and Services Categorization Standards, Proceedings of the 13th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS2005), May 26 - May 28, 2005, Regensburg, Germany, pp. 1-12.
Martin Hepp, Joerg Leukel, Volker Schmitz: A Quantitative Analysis of eCl@ss, UNSPSC, eOTD, and RNTD Content, Coverage, and Maintenance, Proceedings of the IEEE ICEBE 2005, October 18-20, Beijing, China, pp. 572-581.
Martin Hepp, Joerg Leukel, Volker Schmitz: Content Metrics for Products and Services Categorization Standards, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on e-Technology, e-Commerce and e-Service (EEE-05), March 29 - April 1, 2005, Hong Kong, pp. 740-745.
Martin Hepp: Product Representation in the Semantic Web, Working Paper, April 2004.