Katariina Kari

Inter IKEA Systems

Lead Ontologist


Katariina Kari is IKEA’s lead ontologist and an active semantic web practitioner for the past 5 years. Before that, she was doing the digital transformation for classical music. Katariina holds a Master in Science (Engineering) degree specialising in the semantic web and a Master in Music (Arts Management) degree specialising in guiding the art business to the digital age.

Talks and Events

2022 Workshop: Building Ontologies And Knowledge Graphs

Sometimes how to model classes and name properties is not a straightforward manner. As a lead ontologist at Inter IKEA Systems I usually find myself in situations where I need to make a choice on modeling. It always helps to have a fellow ontologist to talk to about my modeling decision. Also connecting to my international network colleagues outside of IKEA helps me to shape my thinking and soundboard my ideas. These conversations are valuable for me improving my craft as an ontologist. I would like to extend this personal convenience I am enjoying and find a way in which we could all benefit from these conversations. Should we have an ontologists podcast, a blog with rotating authors, or a monthly ontologist virtual hang? Join this working group to discuss the peer support you need for your work and let us come up with a forum to support each other in our work!

2022 Talk: Increasing Knowledge Modeling Capabilities To Build The IKEA Knowledge Graph

As part of IKEA’s digitalisation strategy the abundance of complex and inter-connected know-how on home furnishing and lives at home needs to be captured in a knowledge graph. Because there is so much to model, we need a lot of manpower to bring the knowledge into the knowledge graph. Additionally, getting domain experts to agree in a shared conceptualisation is easier said than done. To tackle this, we are up-skilling IKEA domain experts to ontologists, which we call knowledge modelers, and are empowering teams throughout IKEA to ideate and agree on their specific domain’s conceptualisation.

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