Ontology-Based User Modeling for Web-Based Information Systems

Anton Andrejko, Michal Barla, and Mária Bieliková

The Web represents an information space where the amount of information grows exponentially. This calls for personalized interaction between users and web-based information systems providing information. Current systems provide a certain level of personalization, which allows the user to set up her preferences manually. Improved efficiency of information acquisition can be achieved by personalization based on a user’s particularities used for the adaptation of content or navigation in the information space. A user model that reflects a real user, who requires information provided by an information system, is required for successful personalization. We present an ontology-based approach to user modeling and describe the user model that we designed for a web-based information system aimed at job acquisition. We point out several advantages of the ontology-based approach, namely the sharing of the ontology with other applications and reusability.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-70802-7_38
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  Author = {Andrejko, Anton and Barla, Michal and Bielikov\'{a}, M\'{a}ria},
  Title = {Ontology-Based User Modeling for Web-Based Information Systems},
  BookTitle = {Advances in Information Systems Development, 
               New Methods and Practice for the Networked Society},
  Editor = {Wojtkowski, Wita and Wojtkowski, W.~Gregory and Zupancic, Jo\v{z}e and Magyar, Gabor 
            and Knapp, Gabor},
  Publisher = {Springer Science+Business Media},
  Address = {New York},
  Volume = {2},
  Pages = {457-468},
  Year = {2007}
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