A Methodological Framework for Ontology and Multilingual Termontological Database Co-evolution

Christophe Debruyne, Cristian Guillermo Vasquez Paulus, Andrés Dominguez Burgos, Koen Kerremans

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Ontologies and Multilingual Termontology Bases (MTB) are two knowledge artifacts with different characteristics and different purposes. Ontologies are used to formally capture a shared view of the world to solve particular interoperability and reasoning tasks. MTBs are general, contain fewer types of relations and their purposes are to relate several term labels within and across different languages to cat- egories. For regions in which the multilingual aspect is vital, not only does one need an ontology for interoperability, the concepts in that ontology need to be comprehensible for everyone whose native tongue is one of the principal languages of that region. Multilinguality pro- vides also a powerful mechanism to perform ontology mapping, con- tent annotation, multilingual querying, etc. We intend to meet these challenges by linking both methods for constructing ontologies and MTBs, creating a virtuous cycle. In this paper, we present our method and tool for ontology and MTB co-evolution.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOTM Workshops
EditorsPilar Herrero, Hervé Panetto, Robert Meersman, Tharam Dillon
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-33617-1
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sep 2012
EventOTM 2012 Workshops - Rome, Italy
Duration: 10 Sep 201214 Sep 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


ConferenceOTM 2012 Workshops

Bibliographical note

Pilar Herrero and Hervé Panetto and Robert Meersman and Tharam Dillon


  • Hybrid Ontology Engineering
  • Multilingual Termontological Database


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