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The use of ontologies enables semantically driven access to a variety of digital resources. In this paper, we illustrate how an ontology can be exploited to provide structured access to Web-based resources. We present a case study in history of science that illustrates how to conceptualise and reason about a historical domain by taking a systematic approach to modelling time and events, based on existing artificial intelligence theories. An initial Web-based application has been implemented for exemplifying how an ontology can assist users to examine a historical conceptual space and to explore temporal relationships between scientific events.
Date of Conference: 1-1 Sept. 2008