Untangle: A New Ontology for Card Catalog Systems

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Untangle: A New Ontology for Card Catalog Systems
The ontology used by most card catalog and bibliographic systems is based on a now outdated assumption that users of the systems would be looking for books on shelves, and therefore only books were first-class objects, with people, organizations, etc. as simple attributes. This limited the ability of a user to browse. A new ontology for card catalog systems is proposed that suggests that persons, organizations, conferences, etc., should be first-class objects with attributes and relations of their own, creating a rich space of background information that helps users find what they are looking for. This new ontology has been implemented in a knowledge-based system called Untangle, which demonstrates two key advantages of this rich information space: it enables automatic augmentation of the data through reasoning, and it enables a new paradigm for search that combines querying and browsing.
Christopher A. Welty, Jessica Jenkins
Added 01 Nov 2010
Updated 01 Nov 2010
Type Conference
Year 2000
Where AAAI
Authors Christopher A. Welty, Jessica Jenkins
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