Finnish National Ontologies for the Semantic Web -- Towards a Content and Service Infrastructure

Eero Hyvönen, Arttu Valo, Ville Komulainen, Katri Seppälä, Tomi Kauppinen, Tuukka Ruotsalo, Mirva Salminen, Anu Ylisalmi


We present a national ontology development and service framework being developed in Finland in 2003-2007. The framework is based on a set of related core ontologies, most notably on a national upper ontology based on the commonly used Finnish General Thesaurus YSA maintained by the National Library of Finland. The framework implements three ontology services by a web-based system ONKI. Firstly, ONKI supports distributed collaborative development and versioning of interdependent ontologies. Secondly, external cataloging and indexing systems can use ONKI as a web service for ontology-based annotations. Thirdly, information retrieval systems can use ONKI for disambiguating keyword meanings for conceptbased search on the Semantic Web.

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