The convergence of the semantic web and the social web to the social semantic web leads to new challenges in ontology engineering. As of today ontologies are created by highly specialized ontology engineers. In order to unite "the wisdom of crowds" and ontologies new approaches to ontology creation are necessary to bridge the "ontology gap" and enable novice users to create formalized knowledge. Numerous ontology development methodologies are available; in this paper we will briefly present 16 ontology development methodologies and evaluate them against criteria for their user-friendliness and their suitability for usage by novice users and domain experts. Our eventual goal is the identification of best practices and required research for user-friendly ontology design.
Dahlem, Nikolai and Hahn, Axel, "User-Friendly Ontology Creation Methodologies - A Survey" (2009). AMCIS 2009 Proceedings. 117.