Quotation Human, Soheil, Fahrenbach, Florian, Kragulj, Florian, Savenkov, Vadim. 2017. Ontology for Representing Human Needs. In Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web, Hrsg. Przemysław Różewski, Christoph Lange, 195-210. Szczecin: Springer.




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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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Contribution to conference proceedings
Language English
Title Ontology for Representing Human Needs
Title of whole publication Knowledge Engineering and Semantic Web
Editor Przemysław Różewski, Christoph Lange
Page from 195
Page to 210
Location Szczecin
Publisher Springer
Year 2017
ISBN 978-3-319-69547-1
URL https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-69548-8_14
Open Access N


Open Data for Local Communities
Incentivising Open Data Exploration through Needs Management
Human, Soheil (Details)
Fahrenbach, Florian (Former researcher)
Kragulj, Florian (Details)
Savenkov, Vadim (Former researcher)
Knowledge Management Group AB (Details)
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