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Blending Grounded Theory and Ontology Development Methods

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Title: Blending Grounded Theory and Ontology Development Methods
Author(s): Urban, Richard J.
Subject(s): grounded theory ontology method collections cultural heritage
Abstract: The development of domain ontologies and the process of open/axial coding outlined by Strauss & Corbin's (1998) grounded theory methods bear important similarities that point towards opportunities for "cross-fertilization" (Star, 1998). While ontology development owes much to knowledge and software engineering practices, ultimately "knowledge representation endeavours are always a kind of sociological work" (Ribes & Bowker, in press). Recognizing this, Kuziemsky, et al. (2007) demonstrated the potential of blending grounded theory (GT) with ontology development methods while creating a GT-based ontology for a palliative care system. This poster explores the potential of applying a blended approach to understanding the information included in unstructutured cultural heritage collection descriptions.
Issue Date: 2009-01-20
Citation Info: Presented at the Association of Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE) 2009, Denver, CO, January 20-24, 2009
Genre: Conference Poster
Type: ImageText
Language: English
Publication Status: unpublished
Peer Reviewed: is peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS: 2009-01-21

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