Building a Weapons Ontology in Rdf Format

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

Date of Award

Spring 2017


Ontologies are data models with a set of concepts within a domain including semantic (meaning) relationships between the concepts. They concentrate on the structure of the data by capturing the rich real-world information in a scalable way. This thesis focuses on developing an ontology for the particular data model “weapon” in standard RDF format. The weapons ontology is developed in order to assess the threat of a weapon by establishing the connection between images of weapons and their conceptual properties including their superclasses and their parts captured in an aligned meronomy. One key contribution is the automatic migration of the information from a spreadsheet to a multi-planar ontology in RDF format.


Christian F Hempelmann

Subject Categories

Computer Sciences | Physical Sciences and Mathematics