One Ontology to Bind Them All: The META-SHARE OWL Ontology for the Interoperability of Linguistic Datasets on the Web

  • John P. McCrae
  • Penny Labropoulou
  • Jorge GraciaEmail author
  • Marta Villegas
  • Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel
  • Philipp Cimiano
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9341)


META-SHARE is an infrastructure for sharing Language Resources (LRs) where significant effort has been made into providing carefully curated metadata about LRs. However, in the face of the flood of data that is used in computational linguistics, a manual approach cannot suffice. We present the development of the META-SHARE ontology, which transforms the metadata schema used by META-SHARE into ontology in the Web Ontology Language (OWL) that can better handle the diversity of metadata found in legacy and crowd-sourced resources. We show how this model can interface with other more general purpose vocabularies for online datasets and licensing, and apply this model to the CLARIN VLO, a large source of legacy metadata about LRs. Furthermore, we demonstrate the usefulness of this approach in two public metadata portals for information about language resources.


Language resources and evaluation Metadata Ontologies Harmonization 



We are very grateful to the members of the W3C Linked Data for Language Technologies (LD4LT) for all the useful feedback received and for allowing this initiative to be developed as an activity of the group. This work is supported by the FP7 European project LIDER (610782), by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (project TIN2013-46238-C4-2-R and a Juan de la Cierva grant), the Greek CLARIN Attiki project (MIS 441451) and the H2020 project CRACKER (645357).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John P. McCrae
    • 1
  • Penny Labropoulou
    • 3
  • Jorge Gracia
    • 2
    Email author
  • Marta Villegas
    • 4
  • Víctor Rodríguez-Doncel
    • 2
  • Philipp Cimiano
    • 1
  1. 1.Cognitive Interaction Technology, Excellence ClusterBielefeld UniversityBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Ontology Engineering GroupUniversidad Politécnica de MadridMadridSpain
  3. 3.CILSP/“Athena” RCAthensGreece
  4. 4.University Pompeu FabraBarcelonaSpain

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