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AUTOMATED SUPPORT FOR CREATION AND MAINTENANCE OF LARGE SITUATION BASED ONTOLOGIES

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 15207
Amount: $60,029.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1991
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
Po Box 9930
College Station, TX 77842
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Arthur Keen
 Principal Investigator
 (409) 696-7979
Business Contact
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Research Institution
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Abstract

IN THE CONTEXT OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT, ONTOLOGY IS THE TASK OF EXTRACTING THE NATURE AND STRUCTURE OF A GIVEN EINGEERING, MANUFACTURING, BUSINESS, OR LOGISTICAL DOMAIN AND STORING IT INAN EXPRESSIVELY RICH, USABLE, COMPUTATIONALLY FEASIBLE REPRESENTATIONAL MEDIUM. AN ARRAY OF ONTOLOGY DATABASES IN USE ACROSS A WIDE VARIETYOF SUCH SYSTEMS WOULD REVOLUTIONIZE THE TASKS OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT AND INFORMATION MODELING. HOWEVER, AT PRESENT THERE EXISTS NO GENERAL THEORETICAL CHARACTERIZATION OF THE NATURE OF ONTOLOGICAL INFORMATION AS IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO THE ABOVE DOMAINS; NOR ARE THERE ANYMETHODS DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR CAPTURING ONTOLOGICAL INFORMATION AND DEVELOPING AND MAINTAINING THIS INFORMATION IN A SHAREABLE, RESUABLE, STANDARDIZED DESCRIPTIVE FORM; HENCE, NEITHER ARE THERE ANY COMPUTATIONAL TOOLS DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY TO COMPLEMENT THESE METHODS. IN THIS PROJECT WE WILL BASE AN APPROACH TO THESE THEORETICAL, METHDOLOGICAL, AND COMPUTATIONAL SHORTFALLS ON A RECENT POWERFUL THEORY OF INFORMATION KNOWN AS SITUATION THEORY. SPECIFICALLY, WE WILL 1) DEVELOP A FORMAL SITUATION THEORETICALLY BASED FOUNDATION FOR ONTOLOGY; 2) REFINE THE AIR FORCE IDEF5 ONTOLOGY DESCRIPTION CAPTURE METHODOLOGY FOR ONTOLOGY CREATION; AND 3) BEGIN INITIAL WORK ON THE PROTOTYPES OF A SUITE OFSOFTWARE SUPPORT TOOLS FOR THE CREATION AND MAINTENANCE OF LARGE SITUATION-BASED ONTOLOGIES. ANTICIPATED BENEFITS/POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS - THE IMPORTANCE OF ONTOLOGY DEVELOPMENT WILL CONTINUE TO GROW OVER THE NEXT DECADE. THE SITUATION THEORETIC RESULTS OF THIS PROJECT WILL MOVE THE ONTOLOGY TECHNOLOGY FROM THE CONCEPT PHASE TO A SYSTEMS ENGINEERING DISCIPLINE. THE REFINEMENT OF IDEF5 METHODOLOGY WILLMAKE THIS TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE TO THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE AND THE TOOLS RESULTING FROM THIS PROJECT WILL ENABLE THE COST EFFECTIVE CREATION,REUSE, AND MAINTENANCE OF LARGE ONTOLOGIES BY

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