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The evolution of Protégé: An environment for knowledge-based systems development
Biomedical and Health Informatics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States, Department of Medical Education, Washington School of Medicine, Box 35 72 40, 1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195-7240, United States.
Stanford Medical Informatics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States.
Stanford Medical Informatics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States.
Hipbone Inc., San Carlos, CA, United States.
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2003 (English)In: International journal of human-computer studies, ISSN 1071-5819, Vol. 58, no 1, 89-123 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Protégé project has come a long way since Mark Musen first built the Protégé meta-tool for knowledge-based systems in 1987. The original tool was a small application, aimed at building knowledge-acquisition tools for a few specialized programs in medical planning. From this initial tool, the Protégé system has evolved into a durable, extensible platform for knowledge-based systems development and research. The current version, Protégé-2000, can be run on a variety of platforms, supports customized user-interface extensions, incorporates the Open Knowledge-Base Connectivity (OKBC) knowledge model, interacts with standard storage formats such as relational databases, XML, and RDF, and has been used by hundreds of individuals and research groups. In this paper, we follow the evolution of the Protégé project through three distinct re-implementations. We describe our overall methodology, our design decisions, and the lessons we have learned over the duration of the project. We believe that our success is one of infrastructure: Protégé is a flexible, well-supported, and robust development environment. Using Protégé, developers and domain experts can easily build effective knowledge-based systems, and researchers can explore ideas in a variety of knowledge-based domains. © 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

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2003. Vol. 58, no 1, 89-123 p.
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Knowledge-bases, Problem-solving method, Protégé meta-tool
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-46762DOI: 10.1016/S1071-5819(02)00127-1OAI: diva2:267658
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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