Building IoT based applications for Smart Cities: How can ontology catalogs help?

TitleBuilding IoT based applications for Smart Cities: How can ontology catalogs help?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsAmelie Gyrard, Antoine Zimmermann, Amit Sheth
JournalIEEE Internet of Things Journal
Start Page3978
Date Published10/2018
ISSN Number2327-4662
KeywordsInternet of Things, Interoperability, Knowledge Directory, Ontologies, Ontology Best Practices, Ontology Catalogs, Ontology Improvement, ontology validation, Reusable Knowledge., Semantic Data Interoperability, Semantic Web, Semantic Web Technologies, Semantics, Semantics-based Smart Cities, Sensors, smart cities

The Internet of Things (IoT) plays an ever-increasing role in enabling Smart City applications.
An ontology-based semantic approach can help improve interoperability between a variety of IoT-generated as well as complementary data needed to drive these applications. While multiple ontology catalogs exist, using them for IoT and smart city applications require significant amount of work. In this paper, we demonstrate how can ontology catalogs be more effectively used to design and develop smart city applications? We consider four ontology catalogs that are relevant for IoT and smart cities: READY4SmartCities, LOV, OpenSensingCity (OSC) and, LOV4IoT.
To support semantic interoperability with the reuse of ontology-based smart city applications, we present a methodology to enrich ontology catalogs with those ontologies. Our methodology is generic enough to be applied to any other domains as is demonstrated by its adoption by OSC and LOV4IoT ontology catalogs.
Researchers and developers have completed a survey based evaluation of the LOV4IoT catalog. The usefulness of ontology catalogs ascertained through this evaluation has encouraged their ongoing growth and maintenance. The quality of IoT and smart city ontologies have been evaluated to improve the ontology catalog quality. We also share the lessons learned regarding ontology best practices and provide suggestions for ontology improvements with a set of software tools.

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Amelie Gyrard, Antoine Zimmermann and Amit Sheth. "Building IoT-Based Applications for Smart Cities: How Can Ontology Catalogs Help?," in IEEE Internet of Things Journal, vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 3978-3990, Oct. 2018.
doi: 10.1109/JIOT.2018.2854278

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