A Methodology to Develop Ontologies for Emerging Domains

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Author: Chai Meenorngwar, Valaya Alongkorn Rajabhat University under the Royal Patronage, Thailand
Published: May 2013

Citation: Meenorngwar, C. (2013). A Methodology to Develop Ontologies for Emerging Domains. IAFOR Journal of Education, 1(1). https://doi.org/10.22492/ije.1.1.02


The characteristic of complex, dynamic domains, such as an emerging domain, is that the information necessary to describe them is not fully established. Standards are not yet established for these domains, and hence they are difficult to describe and present, and methods are needed that will reflect the changes that will occur as the domains develop and mature. This research proposes the Liverpool Metadata or LiMe methodology to develop an ontology and organise the knowledge that is necessary for developing the domain environment descriptions. Its aim is to capture Knowledge Information (KI) from research articles and translate this into semantic information with web description languages such as XML(s), RDF(s), and OWL. LiMe represents an Ontological Framework, which provides the concept characteristics, represented as a concept framework that specifies conceptualisations of the knowledge. LiMe supports the Semantic Web development. “e-Learning” has been chosen as an example of an emerging domain in this research. The characteristics of e-Learning concepts will be extracted from research articles of journal websites such as ScienceDirect, Springer, etc and represented as knowledge. LiMe also explicitly represents how these concepts are developed and evolve to represent the domain.


e-learning domain, emerging domain, knowledge information, ontology, semantic Web