Towards the Multilingual Semantic Web

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Design Patterns for Engineering the Ontology-Lexicon Interface

  • John P. McCraeAffiliated withAG Semantic Computing, CITEC, Bielefeld University
  • , Christina UngerAffiliated withAG Semantic Computing, CITEC, Bielefeld University Email author 

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In this paper, we combine two ideas: one is the recently identified need to extend ontologies with a richer lexical layer, and the other is the use of ontology design patterns for ontology engineering. We combine both to develop the first set of design patterns for ontology-lexica, using the ontology-lexicon model, lemon. We show how these patterns can be used to model nouns, verbs and adjectives and what implications these patterns impose on both the lexicon and the ontology. We implemented these patterns by means of a domain-specific language that can generate the patterns from a short description, which can significantly reduce the effort in developing ontology-lexica. We exemplify this with the use case of constructing a lexicon for the DBpedia ontology.

Key Words

Design patterns Lexicon Ontology Ontology engineering Ontology-lexica