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Re: Modelling relationship between lexical entries and spatial regions

From: Frances Gillis-Webber <fran@fynbosch.com>
Date: Tue, 7 May 2019 17:23:13 +0200
Message-ID: <CAHZMJowghhgkEaQnzd+Q1Y+BNzJwtA2FEdMk6CX14Xr=0ZABRA@mail.gmail.com>
To: Nicola Carboni <nicola.carboni@uzh.ch>
Cc: public-ontolex@w3.org
Hi Nicola

My colleagues and I have approached it in two different ways:

*(1) Encoding the spatial data in the language tag, when language-tagging a
string literal*

Each latlon coordinate can be converted to a geohash (can be low
precision), and then the region can be represented as a polygon. For a
polygon, the first and last coordinate is the same, so we have excluded the
last coordinate from the string, separating each geohash with a "--". This
string can be included in the privateuse portion of the language tag.

We have described the solution in detail in the paper [1].

*(2) Modelling the language data*

In the Ontolex-Lemon specification, a language is modelled as follows:

<lexical entry> dct:language <to a language code URI>

However, in place of the language code URI, you could use your own URI, and
then model the geographic data from there.

We have created a lightweight ontology for language annotation called MoLA,
and have accounted for both custom language tags and regions in the model.
The solution is described in [2].

The ontology is here: http://ontology.londisizwe.org/mola

I'm currently working on the specification so I can supply proposed
modelling using MoLA, if you like?

Kind regards,

[1] Accepted at LDK 2019: The Shortcomings of Language Tags for Linked Data
when Modeling Lesser-Known Languages (F. Gillis-Webber & S. Tittel) (I can
send you a PDF)
[2] Accepted at KGSWC 2019: A Model for Language Annotations on the Web (F.
Gillis-Webber, S. Tittel and C.M. Keet). PDF:

On Tue, 7 May 2019 at 15:54, Nicola Carboni <nicola.carboni@uzh.ch> wrote:

> Dear ontolex community,
> I am currently modelling some data using ontolex and lexinfo.
> However, I have some doubts on how to relate a a lexical entry to a
> specific spatial area. My intent is to declare that an entry is being used
> in a specific region in a country or in limited spatial area (a valley, or
> in a small island for example).
> I was wondering if anyone had faced the same challenge and which are the
> adopted solutions to the problem.
> Best,
> Nicola
> --
> Nicola Carboni
> Research Fellow
> University of Zurich Post Box 23
> Ramistrasse 71 8006 Zurich
> Switzerland
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