Modeling Issue: A modeling issue is a question or problem that arises during the ontology engineering process. There are many kinds of issues and many ways to solve them. A modeling issue typically involves:
- not knowing how to proceed during an ontology engineering exercise
- identifying the specific representation requirements
- identifying what combinations of language constructs can meet the representation requirements
- evaluating the tradeoffs of different possible solutions.
A superb example of this is found in the document: Representing Classes As Property Values on the Semantic Web.
Two key ways that modeling issues vary are:
- Domain Specificity: Modeling issues may be
- highly specific to narrow domains (e.g. protein folding in molecular biology)
- domain independent (e.g. Should instances of classes be modeled as SKOS:Concept).
- somewhere in between, i.e. broadly applicable in one or more fairly general domains.
- How well defined: Modeling issues may be
- very clearly defined, with competency questions and proposed solution options with tradeoffs already analyzed
- very rough early thoughts from the person submitting.
- somewhere in between.
- View or Contribute to modeling issues already posted
- How do I Post or Contribute to a modeling issue?
- Post a modeling issue now.
The goal is for all modeling issues to: