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[ontolog-forum] open call for use cases of ontology-lexicon model

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From: Paul Buitelaar <paul.buitelaar@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 22:51:32 +0100
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The W3C Community Group on Ontology Lexica started work in December 2011    (01)

http://www.w3.org/community/ontolex/    (02)

*** Motivation ***    (03)

Ontologies have numerous applications and they represent the conceptual 
backbone of the Semantic Web. In fact, significant work has gone into 
standardization efforts under the auspices of the W3C to produce 
recommendations for data and knowledge representation languages, i.e. 
the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the Web Ontology Language 
(OWL). However, current web-based knowledge representation languages 
such as OWL and RDF(S) lack the rich linguistic grounding that is 
required for language-mediated access to ontologies. OWL and RDF(S) rely 
on a property rdfs:label to capture the relation between a vocabulary 
element and its (preferred) lexicalization in a given language. This 
lexicalization provides some kind of lexical anchor that makes the 
concept, property, individual etc. understandable to a user. The 
mechanisms for linguistic grounding available in OWL and RDF(S) are thus 
far from being able to capture the necessary linguistic and lexical 
information that NLP applications working with a particular ontology 
need. The mission of the Ontology-Lexicon community group is to develop 
a model for the linguistic grounding of ontologies which allows to 
represent lexical entries containing information about how ontology 
elements (classes, properties, individuals etc.) are realized in 
multiple languages. A more detailed overview of the scope and goal of 
the working group can be found at [3].    (04)

*** Open Call for Use Cases ***    (05)

With this call for use cases, we intend to expand the scope of our 
current use cases (see [2]) by including use cases that are inspired by 
concrete, real-life applications. We thus call for participation of 
industrial stakeholders and application developers in the Community 
Group by providing a description of a use case using the template found 
below. By this, we offer interested parties the opportunity to 
participate in standardization activities that are relevant and 
potentially beneficial for their application development, and contribute 
their ideas to the process of creating a standard for the representation 
of ontology related lexicons.    (06)

Please send use case descriptions to Philipp Cimiano 
(cimiano@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx) until May 3rd. Any questions or 
comments can be addressed to Philipp Cimiano at the same email address.    (07)

*** Participation in the Group ***    (08)

People interested in the group’s activities, discussion and 
teleconferences are welcome to join the group at [1].    (09)

[1] http://www.w3.org/community/ontolex/
[2] http://www.w3.org/community/ontolex/wiki/Specification_of_Use_Cases
http://www.w3.org/community/ontolex/wiki/Goals_and_Scope_of_Ontology-Lexica_Community_Group    (010)

TEMPLATE    (011)

I. Motivation    (012)

This should contain a short motivation of the use case, including a 
description of the application context and why it is relevant to specify 
the meaning of words with respect to a given ontology in the context of 
the application.    (013)

II. Description of the use case    (014)

This section should describe the use case in more detail, specifying 
what the ontology-lexicon interface would need to look like from the 
point of view of the application and how the ontology-lexicon interface 
is exploited in the context of the given application. If available, the 
ontology for the application should be briefly described.    (015)

III. Limitations of existing models    (016)

This section should discuss existing models and their limitations with 
respect to the needs of the application in question.    (017)

IV. Example    (018)

This section should provide a concrete example illustrating what kind of 
knowledge should be stated in the ontology-lexicon interface from the 
point of view of the application and how it would be exploited by the 
application.    (019)

V. Requirements    (020)

This section is optional and might already advance concrete requirements 
on the ontology-lexicon model.    (021)

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