A Distributed Database System for Developing Ontological and Lexical Resources in Harmony

  • Aleš Horák
  • Piek Vossen
  • Adam Rambousek
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4919)


In this article, we present the basic ideas of creating a new information-rich lexical database of Dutch, called Cornetto, that is interconnected with corresponding English synsets and a formal ontology. The Cornetto database is based on two existing electronic dictionaries - the Referentie Bestand Nederlands (RBN) and the Dutch wordnet (DWN). The former holds FrameNet-like information for Dutch and the latter is structured as the English wordnet. In Cornetto, three different collections are maintained for lexical units, synsets and ontology terms.

The database interlinks the three collections and aims at clarifying the relations between them. The organization and work processes of the project are briefly introduced.

We also describe the design and implementation of new tools prepared for the lexicographic work on the Cornetto project. The tools are based on the DEB development platform and behave as special dictionary clients for the well-known DEBVisDic wordnet editor and browser.


Semantic Relation Word Meaning Formal Ontology Lexical Unit Lexical Resource 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aleš Horák
    • 1
  • Piek Vossen
    • 2
  • Adam Rambousek
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of InformaticsMasaryk UniversityCzech Republic
  2. 2.Faculteit der LetterenVrije Universiteit van AmsterdamHV AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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