1 Preliminaries

The parts of this module

This module is divided into four parts.

Part I contains preliminary information which is good to know before starting to read the rest of the material.

Part II contains an introduction to the ontology builder of Amine. As such, it constitutes the meat of the module.

Part III contains some exercises.

Part IV contains some reference materials.


Scattered throughout the text of these notes will be links to the Glossary. Use these links whenever you want to. Some of the terms used are only defined in the glossary, while they are used with little or no explanation in the running text. Therefore, if there are any terms you don't know, using the glossary may prove to be a fruitful use of time.

You can see when a link points to the glossary by looking at the place in your browser where the URL of the link under the mouse is shown. If this URL contains the word "Glossary", it is a link to the glossary.


On many of the following pages, there will be a short summary at the bottom of the page highlighting the main points of the page. Use these summaries to make sure you understand the main points.

Document hierarchy

The following pages are divided into parts, chapters, and pages. The table of contents lists all of the pages indented in such a way as to indicate the document hierarchy. Each chapter will start with a list of the pages in the chapter.

At the bottom of each page, there will be three links: Prev, Up, and Next. These take you to the previous, once upwards, and next pages in the document hierarchy. You will always be able to get to the table of contents by clicking "Up" a number of times.

At the bottom of each page, there will also be "PrevLite" and "NextLite" links, which are for the "Lite Track". The "Lite Track" skips the more advanced parts of the module.


If there is anything that is unclear in these pages, we would like to hear about it. You can write to Ulrik Petersen at "ulrikp at hum.aau.dk" (convert this to a valid e-mail address before sending the e-mail).

It is most helpful if you indicate which page you are referring to by including its node number. This is the four- or five-digit number you see in the Address field of your browser.


These notes are about how to build ontologies using the ontology builder from the Amine Platform.

Part I gives useful background information. Part II introduces the ontology builder of Amine. Part III contains some exercises. Part IV contains reference materials.


The next page gives hints on how to download and install the Amine Platform if you want to do this on your own machine.

The whole package has already been installed on the machines in the laboratories at Kroghstræde 3.

If you do not want to install Amine on your own machine, you can skip past the download and installation.

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