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Sharing concepts and experience through a knowledge base : the benefits that actors of the mud building European community are getting from developing the domain ontology

Bois, Christian

As most of the research and practice communities, the mud building actors are developing the quality and
the quantity of their exchanges of information and knowledge.
The development of the Semantic Web has attracted the attention as a mean for making knowledge widely
available after a phase of knowledge base creation that can be run by actors spread over a continent or

Challenges for the domain include its inscription in time back to the origins of man –large amount of de-
veloped practices- and the new interest for a technique fitting well within sustainability, comfort and

health concern –wide extension of the related concepts.
The text is aimed at having mud builders understand a little more ontologies and ontology specialists to
understand a little more the specificities of mud building. Other stake holders may be interested by the
dimensions of complexity coming from the fact that mud (cob, rammed earth, adobe) is a continuously
“living” material.
Challenges are both technical –new tools, articulation with existing systems- and social –ability of very
different actors (engineers, architects, masons, etc.) to collaborate for building a common knowledge tool.

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