From: Thierry Hamon <thierry.hamonuniv-paris13.fr>
Subject: Applied Ontology
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Full Title: Applied Ontology
Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2011
Special issue of Applied Ontology
Ontologies and Terminologies: Continuum or Dichotomy
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 terminologies?
- 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 extent?
- 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 classifications?
- How to decide whether a terminology or an ontology should be exploited in a given
- How can multilingual terminologies contribute to the localization of ontologies?
- Whether the same approaches may be used for the building of terminologies and
- Whether ontologies can be (re)used for improving the contents of a terminology and vice
- What are model representations and algorithms for the best reuse of terminologies for
- 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
Abstract Submission May 15th, 2011
Submissions Deadline September 1st, 2011
Notification to Authors December 15th, 2011
Second Submission Deadline February 15th, 2011
Second Notification March 15th, 2011
Camera-ready Version April 15th, 2012
Special Issue Publication Summer 2012
Abstracts should be sent by email to the guest editors:
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
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