The World is Not Flat: Expertise and InPhO

  • Colin Allen Indiana University
  • Cameron Buckner Indiana University
  • Mathias Niepert Indiana University
Keywords: ontology, expertise, web 2.0


The Indiana Philosophy Ontology (InPhO) is a “dynamic ontology” for the domain of philosophy derived from human input and software analysis. The structured nature of the ontology supports machine reasoning about philosophers and their ideas. It is dynamic because it tracks changes in the content of the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. This paper discusses ways of managing the varying expertise of people who supply input to the InPhO and provide feedback on the automated methods.

Author Biographies

Colin Allen, Indiana University
Professor, Department of History & Philosophy of Science and Professor, Cognitive Science Program
Cameron Buckner, Indiana University
Doctoral student in philosophy at Indiana University
Mathias Niepert, Indiana University
Doctoral student in computer science at Indiana University
How to Cite
Allen, C., Buckner, C., & Niepert, M. (2008). The World is Not Flat: Expertise and InPhO. First Monday, 13(8).
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