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Bootstrapping Ontologies for Web Services

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Executive Summary

Ontologies have become the de-facto modeling tool of choice, employed in many applications and prominently in the Semantic Web. Nevertheless, ontology construction remains a daunting task. Ontological bootstrapping, which aims at automatically generating concepts and their relations in a given domain, is a promising technique for ontology construction. Bootstrapping an ontology based on a set of predefined textual sources, such as Web services, must address the problem of multiple, largely unrelated concepts. In this paper, the authors propose an ontology bootstrapping process for Web services. They exploit the advantage that Web services usually consist of both WSDL and free text descriptors.

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