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Community Efforts Around the ISOcat Data Category Registry

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The ISOcat Data Category Registry provides a community computing environment for creating, storing, retrieving, harmonizing and standardizing data category specifications (DCs), used to register linguistic terms used in various fields. This chapter recounts the history of DC documentation in TC 37, beginning from paper-based lists created for lexicographers and terminologists and progressing to the development of a web-based resource for a much broader range of users. While describing the considerable strides that have been made to collect a very large comprehensive collection of DCs, it also outlines difficulties that have arisen in developing a fully operative web-based computing environment for achieving consensus on data category names, definitions, and selections and describes efforts to overcome some of the present shortcomings and to establish positive working procedures designed to engage a wide range of people involved in the creation of language resources.

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Notes

  1. 1.

    See http://www.isocat.org.

  2. 2.

    http://www.clarin.eu/cmdi/

  3. 3.

    http://metadata-standards.org/11179/

  4. 4.

    http://ontoiop.org/

  5. 5.

    http://www.w3.org/standards/semanticweb/

  6. 6.

    http://iso-commonlogic.org

  7. 7.

    See http://www.oxford-royale.co.uk/news/2010/12/04/new-online-edition-of-oxford-english-dictionary.html

  8. 8.

    http://lirics.loria.fr retrieved 2012-8-30

  9. 9.

    The email address of the sender is exposed to the recipient so only the first introduction email is mediated.

  10. 10.

    The Athens Core group was named after the first meeting of large number of metadata modellers for language resources, which took place in Athens in 2009. A series of (online) meetings resulted in a set of more than 200 metadata elements, which were made publically available in the ISOcat DCR.

  11. 11.

    See http://www.ttt.org/oscarstandards/tbx/tbx-basic.html

  12. 12.

    http://www.clarin.eu

  13. 13.

    Use of a Schema Registry (SCHEMAcat), will allow the storage of resource schemata persistently, each with a persistent identifier (PID) of its own. SCHEMAcat also allows the storage of different versions of a schema. ISOcat is related to SCHEMAcat, while there are also direct links between SCHEMAcat and RELcat, see also cf. [11]

  14. 14.

    The northern part of Belgium with Dutch as its official language.

  15. 15.

    Only for DCs reflecting standards or contained in CLARIN-accepted/recommended.

  16. 16.

    In such a case a new DC should be constructed (with the same name), the old one should get the status ‘superseded’ and be linked with the new one.

  17. 17.

    A third, assigning two tags, a function-driven plus a form-driven, is rarely used.

  18. 18.

    EAGLES: Expert Advisory Group on Language Engineering Standards, cf. especially http://www.ilc.cnr.it/EAGLES96/annotate/node24.html#SECTION00065000000000000000

  19. 19.

    Cf. http://semantic-annotation.uvt.nl/ISO-TimeML-08-13-2008-vankiyong.pdf, Sect. 3.1 (retrieved 2012-08-31)

  20. 20.

    For the time being, links with DCs for such concepts are mentioned in the note section.

  21. 21.

    In the future such a DC will be explicitly recognizable as such.

  22. 22.

    http://www.isocat.org/interface/index.html?view=CLARIN-NL/VL

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Wright, S.E., Windhouwer, M., Schuurman, I., Kemps-Snijders, M. (2013). Community Efforts Around the ISOcat Data Category Registry. In: Gurevych, I., Kim, J. (eds) The People’s Web Meets NLP. Theory and Applications of Natural Language Processing. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35085-6_13

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