How do computed ontology mappings evolve? - A case study for life science ontologies

Gross, A.; Hartung, M.; Thor, A.; Rahm, E.
Thor, A
Gross, A
Rahm, E
Hartung, M
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Mappings between related ontologies are increasingly used to support data integration and analysis tasks. Changes in the ontologies also require the adaptation of ontology mappings. So far the evolution of ontology mappings has received little attention albeit ontologies change continuously especially in the life sciences. We therefore analyze how mappings between popular life science ontologies evolve for different match algorithms. We also evaluate which semantic ontology changes primarily affect the mappings. We further investigate alternatives to predict or estimate the degree of future mapping changes based on previous ontology and mapping transitions.