Ontology for Representing Human Needs

Human, Soheil and Fahrenbach, Florian and Kragulj, Florian and Savenkov, Vadim (2017) Ontology for Representing Human Needs. In: Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web, November 8-10, 2017, Szczecin, Poland.

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Need satisfaction plays a fundamental role in human well-being. Hence understanding citizens' needs is crucial for developing a successful social and economic policy. This notwithstanding, the concept of need has not yet found its place in information systems and online tools. Furthermore, assessing needs itself remains a labor-intensive, mostly offline activity, where only a limited support by computational tools is available. In this paper, we make the first step towards employing need management in the design of information systems supporting participation and participatory innovation by proposing OpeNeeD, a family of ontologies for representing human needs data. As a proof of concept, OpeNeeD has been used to represent, enrich and query the results of a needs assessment study in a local citizen community in one of the Vienna districts. The proposed ontology will facilitate such studies and enable the representation of citizens' needs as Linked Data, fostering its co-creation and incentivizing the use of Open Data and services based on it.

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Additional Information: This work is funded through the project 855407 by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) under the program "ICT of the Future" between Nov. 2016 and Apr. 2019. Soheil Human is supportedby the Jubilee Fund of the City of Vienna.
Divisions: Departments > Informationsverarbeitung u Prozessmanag. > Informationswirtschaft > Wirtschaftsinformatik und Neue Medien
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Variance from Published Version: Minor
Depositing User: Soheil Human
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2020 07:03
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2020 07:05
URI: https://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/7568


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