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Open Call for Use Cases

From: Philipp Cimiano <cimiano@cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 12:08:20 +0100
Message-ID: <4F6B0824.4010105@cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de>
To: "public-ontolex@w3.org" <public-ontolex@w3.org>
Dear all,

  thanks for all your feedback. I have changed the text according to 
your suggestions. You will find it below. I have not included specific
research groups here as I assume that you will circulate the call in 
your own groups (UPM, DERI etc.) as well as reasearch groups that work 
on related topics.

The target group is now the following:


- Metanet -> Nicoletta
- Flarenet -> Nicoletta
- Molto Project -> Paul
- Multilingual Web WG -> Felix
- IKS -> Aldo
- LOD2 -> Philipp (via Sören Auer)
- DARPA's Machine Reading -> Philipp
- Open Information Extraction -> Philipp (Oren Etzioni)


- SAP -> Philipp
- IBM -> Philipp
- Elsevier -> Philipp (Veronique Malaise)
- Mondeca -> Paul (Bernard Vatant)
- Semantic Web Company -> Emilio
- Zemanta -> Philipp (Andraz Tori)
- OpenAmplify -> Aldo
- Alchemy -> Aldo
- Expert System -> Philipp (Nico Lavarini)
- SAS -> Philipp


- DBWorld -> Philipp
- Semweb@w3c -> Philipp
- Corpora list -> Paul
- Linguist list -> Philipp
- ELRA -> Nicoletta
- Open Linguistics -> John
- ontolog-forum@ontolog.cim3.net -> Paul
- Red Linked Data -> Jorge
- SemWebSpain -> Jorge

- Associations
- ATALA -> Maxime
- Web Semantique -> Maxime
- ACL (not sure, Maxime: why do you think this would be interesting to 
ACL? We are reaching most of the ACL community through the corpora and 
linguistlists anyway, right?)

Could I kindly ask all of you to send the call to the above lists etc. 
this week? Please confirm that you have sent it so that I can keep track 
of where the call has been sent to.

Now we will start working on the requirements on the model.

Best regards,



*Call for use cases for the ontology-lexicon model *

The W3C Community Group on Ontology Lexica [1] has started its work in 
December 2011.

*** Motivation ***

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].

*** Open Call for Use Cases ***

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 
more concrete and real 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.

We kindly ask you all to send the use case description to Philipp 
Cimiano (cimiano@cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de) until May 3rd. Any questions 
or comments can be addressed to Philipp Cimiano at the above email address.

*** Participation in the Group ***

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

[1] http://www.w3.org/community/ontolex/
[2] http://www.w3.org/community/ontolex/wiki/Specification_of_Use_Cases


I. Motivation

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.

II. Description of the use case

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

III. Limitations of existing models

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

IV. Example

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

V. Requirements

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



Prof. Dr. Philipp Cimiano
Semantic Computing Group
Excellence Cluster - Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC)
University of Bielefeld

Phone: +49 521 106 12249
Fax: +49 521 106 12412
Mail: cimiano@cit-ec.uni-bielefeld.de

Room H-127
Morgenbreede 39
33615 Bielefeld
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