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Evolution of Ontologies Using ASP

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Executive Summary

RDF/S ontologies are often used in e-science to express domain knowledge regarding the respective field of investigation (e.g., cultural informatics, bioinformatics etc). Such ontologies need to change often to reflect the latest scientific understanding on the domain at hand, and are usually associated with constraints expressed using various declarative formalisms to express domain-specific requirements, such as cardinality or acyclicity constraints. Addressing the evolution of ontologies in the presence of ontological constraints imposes extra difficulties, because it forces us to respect the associated constraints during evolution.

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