UML activity diagrams for OWL ontology building

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Building efficiently an ontology is a crucial task for most of the applications involving knowledge representation. In particular, applications dealing with dynamic processes directly shaping the ontological domain need the conceptualization of complex activities within this domain. For this purpose, we propose to develop an OWL ontology based on UML activity diagrams. Indeed, the Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a well-known visual language widely adopted for software specification and documentation. UML consists in structure as well as behaviour notations such as activity diagrams which describe the flow of control and data through the various stages of a procedure. Our approach has been successfully validated in a study case of an ontology with a publication repository domain.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9789897581588
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • UML
  • Activity diagram
  • OWL
  • Ontology design
  • Knowledge engineering
  • Software engineering


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