Knowledge Representation on the Internet: Achieving Interoperability in a Dynamic, Distributed Environment

Jeff Heflin, University of Maryland

The Internet’s explosive growth is making it harder and harder to harness its potential. However, the field of knowledge representation, particularly the subfield of ontologies, can provide techniques for improving the ability of agents to work with Internet information. SHOE (Simple HTML Ontology Extensions) is a semantic markup language designed specifically for the Internet. It includes features that allow knowledge representation in distributed enviroments, and since the Internet is dynamic, allows ontologies to evolve in a controlled way.

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