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LINGUIST List 22.2883

Wed Jul 13 2011

Calls: Semantics, Computational Linguistics/ Applied Ontology (Jrnl)

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <brentlinguistlist.org>

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        1.     Thierry Hamon , Applied Ontology

Message 1: Applied Ontology
Date: 12-Jul-2011
From: Thierry Hamon <thierry.hamonuniv-paris13.fr>
Subject: Applied Ontology
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Full Title: Applied Ontology

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Semantics

Call Deadline: 01-Sep-2011

Special Issue of Applied Ontology
Ontologies and Terminologies: Continuum or Dichotomy
(New information on the submission process below.)

The semantic content of terminologies and ontologies is similar, and so are
their applicational contexts, which may introduce a confusion between these
two types of resources.

Usually, a terminology is defined as a set of terms, which represents the
system of concepts for an area and for an application. These terms remain
linguistic entities and linguistic information may be associated with them.
Term organization is usually not constrained by any formal logics or
description, which may lead to problems like cyclicity and redundancy
within a terminology.

As for ontologies, they are built upon formal specification and constraints
and describe also a system of concepts and associated properties for a
specific area. They are intended to be used by computers and automatic

One may ask whether, in a specific situation, a terminology is sufficient,
or whether an ontology is always required. In that respect, terminology and
ontology are two complementary resources. However a weak definition of
their similarities and differences may confuse the users.

The objectives of this special issue is to address various issues related
to differences and similarities between ontologies and terminologies, such as:

- What are the differences and similarities between ontologies and
- How various (formal, structural and content) differences between
terminologies and ontologies may impact their use, as well as the results
provided by automatic systems?
- Are terminologies suitable for populating ontologies and to which extent?
- Are terminologies the first step when building ontologies?
- How should the reuse of terminologies be operated?
- What are the various kinds of semantic resources going from dictionaries
and terminologies to ontologies, through taxonomies and classifications?
- How to decide whether a terminology or an ontology should be exploited in
a given situation?
- How can multilingual terminologies contribute to the localization of
- Whether the same approaches may be used for the building of terminologies
and ontologies?
- Whether ontologies can be (re)used for improving the contents of a
terminology and vice versa?
- What are model representations and algorithms for the best reuse of
terminologies for ontology building?
- Are automated approaches suitable for this?

This Special Issue of AO addresses these various questions, but is not
limited to them.

Authors defending various positions and points of view are encouraged to
submit to this special issue.

Important Dates:

Submissions Deadline - September 1st, 2011
Notification to Authors - December 15th, 2011
Second Submission Deadline - February 15th, 2012
Second Notification - March 15th, 2012
Camera-ready Version - April 15th, 2012
Special Issue Publication - Summer 2012

Submission Process:

Submissions should respect the AO format
(http://www.iospress.nl/authco/ao_template.zip). Submission site:
http://mstracker.com/submit1.php. You can find there:
- the templates and specifications for the submissions
- the submission form

In the cover letter, please indicate that you submit to the special issue
Ontologies and Terminologies: Continuum or Dichotomy.

Guest Editors:

Natalia Grabar, CNRS STL UMR 8163, Lille, France
Thierry Hamon, LIM&BIO, University Paris 13, Bobigny, France
Olivier Bodenreider, NLM/NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA

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