APECKS: A tool to support living ontologies. Ontology servers are currently under-developed in terms of the support they provide for collaborative activities on their content. This paper presents the APECKS (Adaptive Presentation Environment for Collaborative Knowledge Structuring) system, an ontology server which supports collaboration by allowing individuals to create personal ontologies. These ontologies can be compared with others’ to prompt discussion about the sources of their differences and similarities. Support for structured communication in this way should, we suggest, produce richer, more detailed ontologies, as well as design rationales for their structure. We assert that ontologies must be viewed as living, debated and maintained resources: APECKS is a system to support collaborative work with them. The APECKS system and its lifecycle is described and discussed and future research directions highlighted.

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  1. Niu, William T.; Kay, Judy: PERSONAF: framework for personalised ontological reasoning in pervasive computing (2010) ioport
  2. Sure, York; Erdmann, Michael; Angele, Juergen; Staab, Steffen; Studer, Rudi; Wenke, Dirk: OntoEdit: Collaborative ontology development for the semantic web (2002)
  3. Tennison, Jeni; O’Hara, Kieron; Shadbolt, Nigel: APECKS: using and evaluating a tool for ontology construction with internal and external KA support (2002) ioport