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Identifying Communities of Practice through Ontology Network Analysis
March/April 2003 (vol. 18 no. 2)
pp. 18-25
Harith Alani, University of Southampton
Srinandan Dasmahapatra, University of Southampton
Kieron O'Hara, University of Southampton
Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southampton

This article describes Ontocopi, a tool for identifying communities of practice by analyzing ontologies of relevant working domains. Ontocopi spots patterns in ontological formal relations, traversing the ontology from instance to instance via selected relations. The authors describe experiments with an academic ontology, showing how altering threshold settings, temporal settings, and weights applied to relations affect COP composition.

Index Terms:
ontologies, communities of practice, network analysis, knowledge management, corporate memory
Citation:
Harith Alani, Srinandan Dasmahapatra, Kieron O'Hara, Nigel Shadbolt, "Identifying Communities of Practice through Ontology Network Analysis," IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 18-25, March-April 2003, doi:10.1109/MIS.2003.1193653
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