IWOOD 2014 (ex-DO 2014) – Extended deadline: August 15, 2014

Second International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies (IWOOD 2014, ex-DO 2014)
Held in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2014)

October 6-7, 2014
Houston, USA

EXTENDED paper submission deadline: July 25, 2014 August 15, 2014

CHECK THE CALL FOR PAPERS

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/definitionsinontologies/

DO 2014 – Extended deadline: July 25, 2014

Second International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies (DO 2014)
Held in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2014)

October 6-7, 2014
Houston, USA

EXTENDED paper submission deadline: July 15, 2014 July 25, 2014

CHECK THE CALL FOR PAPERS

Website: https://sites.google.com/site/definitionsinontologies/

How the World Shapes the Meanings of Our Terms

“How the World Shapes the Meanings of Our Terms”, in UB’s 6th Annual Postdoc Research Symposium, June 3, 2014, Buffalo.

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ABSTRACT

This interdisciplinary work in the fields of terminology, ontologies, and natural language processing (NLP) is concerned with natural language definitions in specialized dictionaries and ontologies. It focuses on the modeling of definition contents in view of creating language- and domain-independent tools to help terminologists and ontologists write definitions.

The underlying hypothesis for creating such generic definition-content models is that definitions express characteristics of the types of things to which specialized terms refer. Testing this hypothesis requires using a representation of the types of things that exist in the world, i.e. an ontology. This work uses the categories of the realist upper-level Basic Formal Ontology (BFO). Testing the hypothesis also requires applying these models on corpora of existing definitions to see to what extent the models predict definition contents.

The methodology consists in creating the definition models on the basis of the characteristics of the BFO categories, and using these models as a metalanguage to annotate large-scale multilingual and multi-domain corpora of textual definitions. This postdoctoral research aims at producing the necessary resources for such large-scale corpus analyses: the definition models; definition corpora; computer programs for automatic corpus pre-annotations; an annotation manual for an annotation campaign to create validated training-corpora and to obtain preliminary results.

DO 2014 – Call for papers

Second International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies (DO 2014)

Held in conjunction with the 5th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2014)

October 6-7, 2014
Houston, USA
THE CALL FOR PAPERS IS OUT NOW
Paper submission deadline: July 15, 2014

Book Review of “Electronic Lexicography”

Selja Seppälä, Book review of “Sylviane Granger and Magali Paquot (eds.). 2012. Electronic Lexicography”, in Terminology, 19:2, pp. 294-306.

Invited talks at the Universidad de Costa Rica

Talk 1: “Introducción a las ontologías y a sus usos en lingüística” (“Introduction to Ontologies and Their Uses in Linguistics”), in Programa de Posgrado en Lingüística, Facultad de Letras, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica, November 18, 2013 (Talk given in Spanish with English slides).

Talk 2: “Introducción a la ontología de referencia Basic Formal Ontology (BFO)” (“Introduction to the Reference Ontology Basic Formal Ontology (BFO)”), in Programa de Posgrado en Lingüística, Facultad de Letras, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica, November 19, 2013 (Talk given in Spanish with English slides).

Talk 3: “Creación de modelos para definiciones especializadas” (“Creating Models for Specialized Definitions”), in Programa de Posgrado en Lingüística, Facultad de Letras, Universidad de Costa Rica, Costa Rica, November 20, 2013 (Talk given in Spanish with English slides).

Acknowledgments: I would like to thank Dr. Barry Smith for inviting me to use his slides as needed for my presentations. Some of the material in talks 1 & 2  thus borrows from his presentations.

Proceedings of DO 2013

Selja Seppälä and Alan Ruttenberg, “Proceedings of the International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies (DO 2013), Vol-1061”, in CEUR Workshop Proceedings (CEUR-WS.org), International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies (DO 2013), 4th International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO 2013), Montreal, Canada, July 7, 2013, http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1061/.