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Grounded theory as foundations for methods in applied ontology

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posted on 2007-01-01, 00:00 authored by John Lamp, S Milton
Research into domain specific ontologies is difficult to treat empirically. This is because it is difficult to ground domain ontology while simultaneously being true to its guiding philosophy or theory. Further, ontology generation is often introspective and reflective or relies on experts for ontology generation. Even those relying on expert generation lack rigour and tend to be more ad-hoc. We ask how Grounded Theory can be used to generate domain specific ontologies where appropriate high level theory and suitable textual data sources are available. We are undertaking generation of a domain ontology for the discipline of information systems by applying the Grounded Theory method. Specifically we are using Roman Ingarden’s theory of scientific works to seed a coding family and adapting the method to ask relevant questions when analysing rich textual data. We have found that a guiding ontological theory, such as Ingarden’s, can be used to seed a coding family giving rise to a viable method for generating ontologies for research. This is significant because Grounded Theory may be one of the key methods for generating ontologies where substantial uniform quality text is available to the ontologist. We also present our partial analysis of information systems research.

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1 - 13

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Wellington, New Zealand

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  • Yes

Start date

2007-11-18

End date

2007-11-20

Language

eng

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E1 Full written paper - refereed

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2007, Victoria University of Wellington, School of Engineering

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A Ruth, H Lehmann

Title of proceedings

QualIT 2007 : Qualitative research: from the margins to the mainstream abstracts and papers

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