LINGUIST List 24.2478

Tue Jun 18 2013

Confs: Computational Ling, Semantics, Text/Corpus Ling, Lexicography/Canada

Editor for this issue: Alison Zaharee <>

Date: 17-Jun-2013
From: Selja Seppälä <>
Subject: International Workshop on ‘Definitions in Ontologies’
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International Workshop on ‘Definitions in Ontologies’ Short Title: DO 2013

Date: 07-Jul-2013 - 07-Jul-2013 Location: Montreal, Canada Contact: Selja Seppälä Contact Email: < click here to access email > Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies (DO 2013)
July 7, 2013
At ICBO 2013 (International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies)
Montreal, Canada

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:

DO 2013 Program:

We are pleased to announce that the Definitions in Ontologies workshop program is now online:

July 7, 2013
Montreal, Canada


Lynn M. Schriml
Definition of Disease Terms

Gerardo Sierra-Martinez and Laura Elena Hernandez-Dominguez
Automatic Construction of the Knowledge Base of an Onomasio-logical Dictionary

Guoqian Jiang, Harold Solbrig and Christopher Chute
A Semantic Web-Based Approach for Harvesting Multilingual Textual Definitions from Wikipedia to Support ICD-11 Revision

Antonio San Martín and Pilar León Araúz
Flexible Terminological Definitions and Conceptual Frames


Coffee Break

Invited Speaker: Barry Smith
Introduction to the Logic of Definitions

Selja Seppälä
Using BFO Categories for Creating Generic Definition Templates

Alan Ruttenberg
Tool Support for Definition Authorship and Management: Desiderata



Please take a moment to participate to our survey on defining practices in ontologies:

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