3. Ontology Foundations

  1. Fernando Silva Parreiras

Published Online: 21 MAY 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118135068.ch3

Semantic Web and Model-Driven Engineering

Semantic Web and Model-Driven Engineering

How to Cite

Parreiras, F. S. (2012) Ontology Foundations, in Semantic Web and Model-Driven Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118135068.ch3

Author Information

  1. FUMEC University, Brazil

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAY 2012
  2. Published Print: 1 JUN 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118004173

Online ISBN: 9781118135068



  • model-driven engineering (MDE);
  • ontology;
  • web ontology language (OWL)


Ontology technologies organize system knowledge in conceptual domains according to its meaning. This chapter gives an overview of the scientific and technical results around ontologies, ontology languages, and their corresponding reasoning technologies used in model-driven engineering (MDE). It introduces the concept of ontology, and presents the W3C standard ontology language for ontology-based information systems–the web ontology language (OWL). The chapter then describes ontology services like reasoning and querying. It discusses the rule language for the semantic web. Finally, it talks about the relations between these technologies using technical spaces. In the semantic web field, ontologies provide shared domain conceptualizations representing knowledge by a vocabulary and, typically, logical definitions to model the problem domain as well as the solution domain.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

domains; knowledge representation languages; semantic Web