DODDLE-OWL: Interactive domain ontology development with open source software in Java

Takeshi Morita, Naoki Fukuta, Noriaki Izumi, Takahira Yamaguchi

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In this paper, we propose an interactive domain ontology development environment called DODDLE-OWL. DODDLE-OWL refers to existing ontologies and supports the semi-automatic construction of taxonomic and other relationships in domain ontologies from documents. Integrating several modules, DODDLE-OWL is a practical and interactive domain ontology development environment. In order to evaluate the efficiency of DODDLE-OWL, we compared DODDLE-OWL with popular manual-building method. In order to evaluate the scalability of DODDLEOWL,we constructed a large sized ontology over 34,000 concepts in the field of rocket operation using DODDLE-OWL. Through the above evaluation, we confirmed the efficiency and the scalability of DODDLE-OWL. Currently, DODDLE-OWL is open source software in Java and has 100 and more users from 20 and more countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-958
Number of pages14
JournalIEICE Transactions on Information and Systems
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Apr
Externally publishedYes


  • Domain ontology
  • OWL
  • Open software

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence


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