Ontology for the User-Learner Profile Personalizes the Search Analysis of Online Learning Resources

The Case of Thematic Digital Universities

Keywords: Information uses and practices, information analysis, digital profile, ontology, open educational resources, user modeling system


We hope to contribute to the field of research in information technology and digital libraries by analyzing the connections between Thematic Digital Universities and digital user-learner profiles. Thematic Digital Universities are similar to digital libraries, and focus on creating and indexing open educational resources, as well as improving learning in the information age. The digital user profile relates to the digital representation of a person’s identity and characteristics. In this paper we present the design of an ontology for the digital User-Learner Profile (OntoULP) and its application program. OntoULP is used to structure a user-learner’s digital profile. The application provides each user-learner with tailor-made analyses based on informational behaviors, needs, and preferences. We rely on an exploratory research approach and on methods of ontologies, user modeling, and semantic matching to design the OntoULP and its application program. Any user-learner could use the OntoULP and its application program.


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How to Cite
Kordahi, M. (2022). Ontology for the User-Learner Profile Personalizes the Search Analysis of Online Learning Resources. Information Technology and Libraries, 41(2). https://doi.org/10.6017/ital.v41i2.13601