Appel: Special issue of Applied Ontology, Ontologies and Terminologies: Continuum or dichotomy

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed May 4 17:37:42 UTC 2011

Date: Wed, 04 May 2011 19:35:16 +0200
From: Thierry Hamon <thierry.hamon at>
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Special issue of Applied Ontology


The semantic content of terminologies and ontologies is similar, and
so are their applicational contexts, which may introduce a confusion
between these two types of resources.

Usually, a terminology is defined as a set of terms, which represents
the system of concepts for an area and for an application.  These
terms remain linguistic entities and linguistic information may be
associated with them. Term organization is usually not constrained by
any formal logics or description, which may lead to problems like
cyclicity and redundancy within a terminology.

As for ontologies, they are built upon formal specification and
constraints and describe also a system of concepts and associated
properties for a specific area. They are intended to be used by
computers and automatic applications.

One may ask whether, in a specific situation, a terminology is
sufficient, or whether an ontology is always required.  In that
respect, terminology and ontology are two complementary
resources. However a weak definition of their similarities and
differences may confuse the users.

The objectives of this special issue is to address various issues
related to differences and similarities between ontologies and
terminologies, such as:

- What are the differences and similarities between ontologies and

- How various (formal, structural and content) differences between
  terminologies and ontologies may impact their use, as well as the
  results provided by automatic systems?

- Are terminologies suitable for populating ontologies and to which

- Are terminologies the first step when building ontologies?

- How should the reuse of terminologies be operated?

- What are the various kinds of semantic resources going from
  dictionaries and terminologies to ontologies, through taxonomies and

- How to decide whether a terminology or an ontology should be
  exploited in a given situation?

- How can multilingual terminologies contribute to the localization of

- Whether the same approaches may be used for the building of
  terminologies and ontologies?

- Whether ontologies can be (re)used for improving the contents of a
  terminology and vice versa?

- What are model representations and algorithms for the best reuse of
  terminologies for ontology building?

- Are automated approaches suitable for this?

This Special Issue of AO addresses these various questions, but is not
limited to them.
Authors defending various positions and points of view are encouraged
to submit to this special issue.

Abstract Submission               May 15th, 2011
Submissions Deadline              September 1st, 2011
Notification to Authors           December 15th, 2011
Second Submission Deadline        February 15th, 2012
Second Notification               March 15th, 2012
Camera-ready Version              April 15th, 2012
Special Issue Publication         Summer 2012


Abstracts should be sent by email to the guest editors:
   natalia.grabar at, thierry.hamon at,
   obodenreider at
Submissions should be between 8 and 12 pages and respect the AO format

Natalia Grabar, CNRS STL UMR 8163, Lille, France
Thierry Hamon, LIM&BIO, University Paris 13, Bobigny, France 
Olivier Bodenreider, NLM/NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA


Nathalie Aussenac, University of Toulouse, France
Paul Buitelaar, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Sylvie Després, University Paris 13, Bobigny, France
Christiane D. Fellbaum, Princeton University, Princeton, USA
Marie-Claude l'Homme, OLST, Université de Montreal, Canada
Véronique Malaisé, Elsevier, Content Enrichment Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Alessandro Oltramari, Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Psychology, USA
Chantal Reynaud, LRI Université Paris-Sud & INRIA Saclay Ile-de-France, France
Stefan Schulz, Medical University of Graz, Austria
Dagobert Sörgel, Library and Information Studies, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA
Rita Temmerman, Centre for Terminology and Communication, Departement of Applied Linguistics, Erasmus University College Brussels, Belgium
Maria Teresa Pazienza, Dept. of Enterprise Engineering/CERTIA, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, Italy
Hanne E. Thomsen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Susan Thomas, SAP, AG, Germany
Anna Tordai, VU University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Karin Verspoor, University of Colorado School of Medicine, USA
Kewen Wang, Griffith University, Australia

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