Appel: W3C-CG Ontology Lexica - Call for use cases for the ontology-lexicon model

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Mar 23 22:12:31 UTC 2012

Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2012 16:10:47 +0100 (CET)
From: Maxime Lefrançois <maxime.lefrancois at>
Message-ID: <456513976.377311.1332429047147.JavaMail.root at>

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 at ) until May 3rd. Any questions
or comments can be addressed to Philipp Cimiano at the above email

*** Participation in the Group *** 

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



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.



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