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Virtual and Real-World Ontology Services
September/October 2011 (vol. 15 no. 5)
pp. 46-52
Joshua D. Eno, University of Arkansas
Craig W. Thompson, University of Arkansas

Both augmented-reality and virtual world applications must model semantic knowledge about real- or virtual world objects. The current generation of virtual world platforms provides limited facilities for representing this kind of knowledge, but a next generation will provide the means to tie semantic information to general or application-specific ontology services. This article motivates the need for ontology services, outlines several approaches for associating ontology concepts with objects and locations, and discusses how to populate common-sense ontologies using data harvested from real and virtual worlds.

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Index Terms:
3D virtual world, ontology, Semantic Web, Internet of Things, smart world
Citation:
Joshua D. Eno, Craig W. Thompson, "Virtual and Real-World Ontology Services," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 15, no. 5, pp. 46-52, Sept.-Oct. 2011, doi:10.1109/MIC.2011.75
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