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Full Title: International Workshop on ‘Definitions in Ontologies’

Short Title: DO 2013
Location: Montreal, Canada
Start Date: 07-Jul-2013 - 07-Jul-2013
Contact: Selja Seppälä
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Meeting URL: http://definitionsinontologies.weebly.com/
Meeting Description: International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies (DO 2013)
July 7, 2013
At ICBO 2013 (International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies)
Montreal, Canada
Website: http://definitionsinontologies.weebly.com/

Ontologies built using OBO Foundry principles are advised to include both formal (logical) definitions, as well as natural language definitions. Depending on the effort, one or the other can be underrepresented. Possible explanations to this bottleneck are the high cost of producing well-written definitions; an insufficient understanding of the nature of natural language definitions or of logic; the lack of an operational theory of definitions; the lack of studies that evaluate usability and effectiveness of definitions in ontologies; a paucity of tools to help with definition authoring and checking. Producing natural language definitions is time-consuming, costly and prone to all kinds of inconsistencies. Producing logical definitions that are effective, correct, and communicative is also difficult. It is therefore worth exploring different ways of assisting, with automation, creation and quality control of definitions.

This workshop gathers interested researchers and developers to reflect upon general themes as the selection and modeling of defining information; the relation between definitions in specific domains as opposed to domain-independent definitions; the theoretical underpinnings of definitions; tools that can facilitate relating logical and natural language definitions. In addition, we would want to encourage participation by different communities using definitions so that their needs can be exposed.


To register, see the main conference’s registration page: http://www.unbsj.ca/sase/csas/data/ws/semantic-trilogy-2013/registration.html.
Linguistic Subfield: Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
LL Issue: 24.1509

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