JACKSON, T.W. and SMITH, S.C., 2012. Harvesting information from the Internet to construct ontologies. Journal of Emerging Trends in Computing and Information Sciences, 3 (2), pp. 211-224.
The paper evaluates the effectiveness of harvesting information from the internet to aid in the lowcost
construction of an ontology. The paper describes how a proof-of-concept called OntoRanch
was built, to harvest information and its relationships to construct an ontology. A systems
development methodology was adopted which recognises three main stages: concept development,
system building, and system evaluation. The evaluation took an interpretive hybrid approach of
using both a focus group and a questionnaire to evaluate the proof-of-concept OntoRanch. The
findings show that the approach of reusing information by harvesting it from the internet can provide
an effective self-sustaining process that enables ontologies to be constructed in a reduced amount
of time and cost.