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Title: Analysis of Semantic Technologies for Ethiopic Church Manuscript, Art and Music
Advisors: Dr. Solomon Atnafu(Ph.D)
Copyright: 2007
Date Added: 14-Aug-2008
Publisher: Addis Ababa University
Abstract: Information seeking, gathering and processing has become the sixth sense of individuals, organizations, consortia and nations. Today, information is represented and accessed in myriad forms across range of domain areas and cultural horizons. For most, the World Wide Web (WWW) is considered as a single and indispensable source of information. Currently, keyword-based search engines allow sifting through loads of information in WWW so as to arrive at relevant query results. However, substantial amount of irrelevant query results chiefly due to blind information representation scheme to culture, specialized domain of interest, and natural language datasets sees through the birth semantic web. Semantic web advocates exploiting conceptual hierarchies, relationships defined within and associated logical axioms for a more focused set of query results. It employs ontologies for expediting the knowledge representation endeavor in this respect. Various studies conducted in the context of semantic web show that variations in spectrum of culture and domain of interest affect the way information is represented and accessed. In the same vein, it has been noted that devising and formalizing ontology for capturing the extremities of knowledge confined in such avenues is an exalted challenge. To this end, we have chosen Ethiopic Church Manuscript, Art and Music domain area so as to investigate and analyze issues surrounding the representation of Ethiopic concepts within the context of semantic web. Salient ontologies namely- manuscript, art, music, feast, time, date and number ontologies- are abstracted after careful scrutiny of related ontologies and usage of suitable ontology development methodology. Acquisition and digitization of representative data samples for classes of concepts and provision of a model for storage and retrieval of information related to the domain of interest, is also entertained. Furthermore, an experiment for evaluation of ontologies abstracted and model proposed is conducted by implementing a form-based semantic search engine and comparison of query results with that of keyword-based search engines. Initial results shows that the devised ontologies aloft the searching process in the domain area as well as unveil set aside issues, specific to Ethiopic concepts within the context of semantic web.
Description: A Thesis submitted to The school of Graduate Studies of Addis Ababa University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Masters of Science in Computer Science
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1266
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