IWOOD 2014 (ex-DO 2014) – Program online

The program of the Second International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies (IWOOD 2014) is now online:
https://sites.google.com/site/definitionsinontologies/program

Applying the Realism-Based Ontology-Versioning Method for Tracking Changes in the Basic Formal Ontology

Selja Seppälä, Barry Smith and Werner Ceusters, 2014, “Applying the Realism-Based Ontology-Versioning Method for Tracking Changes in the Basic Formal Ontology”, Formal Ontology in Information Systems. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference (FOIS 2014), Amster­dam: IOS Press, 227-240.

Abstract:

Changes in an upper level ontology have obvious consequences for the domain ontologies that use it at lower levels. It is therefore crucial to document the changes made between successive versions of ontologies of this kind. We describe and apply a method for tracking, explaining and measuring changes between successive versions of upper level ontologies such as the Basic Formal Ontology (BFO). The proposed change-tracking method extends earlier work on Realism- Based Ontology Versioning (RBOV) and Evolutionary Terminology Auditing (ETA). We describe here the application of this evaluation method to changes between BFO 1.0, BFO 1.1, and BFO 2.0. We discuss the issues raised by this application and describe the extensions which we added to the original evaluation schema in order to account for changes in this type of ontology. The results of our study show that BFO has undergone eight types of changes that can be systematically explained by the extended evaluation schema. Finally, we discuss problematic cases, possible pitfalls and certain limits of our study that we propose to address in future work.

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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.