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12: Assignments

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  • Besides the exercises to engage with the material, there are two assignments. They have a strong integrative flavor to it and will take up more time than an exercise. You are expected to applying as much as you have learned, and look up more information online, be they tools, methods, other ontologies, or scientific papers.

    The assignments in this appendix are described in such as way that they may serve as a draft description of the actual assignment. For instance, I include hard deadlines for hand-in, notwithstanding that I know the material will be better with more work put into it (ontologies are never really ‘finished’). I consider both assignments to be group assignments, even though they could be done individually, and I assign people to groups and topics if they didn’t make groups themselves by a give date. If the practical assignment is scheduled for the end of Block I rather than for hand in at the end of Block II, then remove the requirements on Block II topics form the description below.

    Regarding the project assignment: most topics can be reused across years, and some of them can be done by more than one group as it invariable ends up in different results. Some of the previously listed projects that were carried out in earlier installments have some material available online, which gives an indication of success (i.e., examples of projects that received top marks). One such mini-project from the OE course at the University of Havana (2010) resulted in OntoPartS— a tool and creative extension to the part-whole taxonomy of [KA08]—that was subsequently formalized, written up, and published [KFRMG12]. Another one is the OWL Classifier1 , which was developed as part of one of the mini-projects of the 2016 OE course at the University of Cape Town, and subsequently used toward conflict resolution in [KK17b]. These topics are not listed below anymore, for the obvious reasons.