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[protege-discussion] Research post: ontology construction tool

ilaria ilaria at
Tue Jan 16 03:29:29 PST 2007

Research Assistant


          School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK
                   in collaboration with
              Ordnance Survey Research Labs, UK

               closing Date:  9th February 2007

A post is available in the School of Computing of the University of
Leeds for a fixed term of 18 months to work on a project for
Versatile Support of Ontology Construction funded by
Ordnance Survey (the UK mapping agency).

The goal of the project is to design and implement a multi-faceted
software tool to support domain experts (ecologists, geographers,
emergency planners, etc.) without knowledge engineering skills to
create and maintain a conceptual ontology.
The tool will be developed by a multidisciplinary team involving 
and developers from the University of Leeds and Ordnance
Survey, and will be tailored to the current needs of Ordnance Survey.

You must have extensive programming skills and relevant experience
with open source development, ontology tools, and data base management.
Good problem solving and communication skills and the ability to write
up research findings for academic publication are essential.
Experience of ontology construction, knowledge capture,
and interface design would be useful.

The successful candidate will join the Knowledge Representation and
Reasoning (KRR) Group at the University of Leeds, which is internationally
renowned for its research in spatial representation and ontology.
The project is related to ongoing research and international
collaboration on user knowledge capture, ontology construction,
ontological reasoning, and geo-spatial ontologies.

The project will be conducted in collaboration with a team from Ordnance
Survey Research Labs as part of their Geosemantics research theme
focusing on how to efficiently combine multiple data sources so
they can be exploited in new and varied ways. This includes explicitly
defining the meaning of OS data, and the knowledge about the world of
geography that OS as an organisation holds, stored in an ontology;
coupled with research into techniques to merge and manipulate
these ontologies.

Information  about  the  School  of  Computing can  be  obtained  from  and more  general  information about  the
University and Leeds is available at
Further details about the Ordnance Survey Research Labs can be found at:

Salary up to £26,402 p.a. depending on experience

Informal enquiries should be made to

Dr Vania Dimitrova
email vania at,
tel: +44 (0)113 343 1674

or Professor Anthony Cohn
email: a.g.cohn at,
tel: +44 (0)113 343 5482.

Further details of this position, together with instructions on how to
apply will be available online at

Click on 'jobs' and select the 'research' section.

Closing date 9th February 2007

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