PersonLink: An Ontology Representing Family Relationships for the CAPTAIN MEMO Memory Prosthesis

  • Noura Herradi
  • Fayçal Hamdi
  • Elisabeth MétaisEmail author
  • Fatma Ghorbel
  • Assia Soukane
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9382)


In the context of the CAPTAIN MEMO memory prosthesis for elderly, we propose the PersonLink ontology for modeling, storing and reasoning on “family relationships” links. Rules are provided to infer new links and/or check inconsistencies in the inputs. On the one hand PersonLink is as generic as possible and is integrated in the linked data formalisms; on the other hand a prosthesis has to be adaptable to users. Thus the PersonLink ontology defines rigorously and precisely family relationships, and takes into account the differences that may exist between cultures/languages, including new relationships emerging in our societies nowadays. The transition from one culture/language to another one cannot be solved with a simple translation of terms, but refers to a meta-ontology and associated mechanisms.


Vocabulary Family relationships Memory prosthesis Multilingual ontology Linked data 



This research has been partially funded by the “\(Ville \ de \ Paris\)” under the VIVA project (“Vivre à Paris avec Alzheimer en 2030 grâce aux nouvelles technologies”).

The authors wish to thank the reviewers for their evaluable comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Noura Herradi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fayçal Hamdi
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Métais
    • 1
    Email author
  • Fatma Ghorbel
    • 3
  • Assia Soukane
    • 2
  1. 1.Cedric LabConservatoire National des Arts Et Métiers (CNAM)ParisFrance
  2. 2.Ecole Centrale d’Electronique (ECE)ParisFrance
  3. 3.Laboratoire MIRACLEUniversité de SfaxSfaxTunisia

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