Abstract of FKI-249-04

Document-Name:  fki-249-04
Title: 		Social Reification for the Semantic Web	
Authors:	Matthias Nickles, Tina Froehner 
Revision-Date:	2004
Category:	Technical Report (Forschungsberichte Künstliche Intelligenz)
Abstract:	This work proposes social reification as a means for the computational 
		modeling of socially generated knowledge and ontologies in open environments 
		like the semantic web, peer2peer systems and multiagent systems. In contrast 
		to traditional approaches to information integration which emphasize the finding 
		of a common point of view, this paper is centered around the insight
		that in order to satisfy information needs and to provide decision
		support in open environments, representation formalisms for knowledge 
		(including ontologies) need to make explicit different, possibly conflictive viewpoints 
		of heterogeneous information sources and users, as well as the social contexts 
		of the assertion and usage of knowledge (like the information provenance in the 
		most simple case, but also, e.g., the degree of social acceptance of an assertion). 
		To this end, social reification enables the integration of (possibly inconsistent 
		and uncertain) knowledge with social structures in order to assign to heterogeneous 
		knowledge its social semantics. 
Keywords:	Semantic Web, Emergent Semantics, Knowledge Representation, Ontologies, Social Reasoning
Size:		5 pages
Language:	English
ISSN:		0941-6358
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