LINGUIST List 25.2942

Tue Jul 15 2014

Calls: Computational Ling, Lexicography, Philosophy of Lang, Semantics, Text/Corpus Ling/USA

Editor for this issue: Anna White <>

Date: 15-Jul-2014
From: Selja Seppälä <>
Subject: 2nd International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies
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Full Title: 2nd International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies
Short Title: DO 2014

Date: 06-Oct-2014 - 07-Oct-2014
Location: Houston, USA
Contact Person: Selja Seppälä
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Philosophy of Language; Semantics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Call Deadline: 25-Jul-2014

Meeting Description:

Second International Workshop on Definitions in Ontologies (DO 2014) at the International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies (ICBO 2014)

October 6-7, 2014
Houston, USA


The DO 2014 workshop is a follow-up to the workshop on Definitions in Ontologies (DO 2013) held last year in Montreal in conjunction with ICBO 2013. The focus of this second workshop is on definition practices in either human or machine-assisted ontology development.

Explicit definitions of terms in ontologies serve a number of purposes. Logical definitions allow reasoners to create inferred hierarchies, lessening the burden of asserting and checking the validity of subsumptions. Natural language definitions help to ameliorate the pervasive problem of low inter-annotator agreement. In specialized domains, experts will know their own field well, but may only have limited knowledge of adjacent disciplines. Good definitions make it possible for non-experts to understand unfamiliar terms and thereby make it possible for more confident reuse of terms by external ontologies, which in turn facilitates data integration.

The goal of this workshop is to bring together interested researchers and developers to explore these issues by presenting case studies in a biomedical domain discussing the difficulties that arise when constructing definitions with a view to sharing strategies in the future. Even in the seemingly narrow domain of definition construction, cross-fertilization from related disciplines should yield benefits in quality and help to identify novel approaches.

2nd Call for Papers:

Extended deadline: July 25, 2014

Papers submitted should include one or more case studies and raise specific questions related to definitions with a link to a biomedical domain. Reports on successful or unsuccessful methods are both appropriate.


-Experiences in formulating definitions
-Tools that assist in definition editing, including collaborative systems
-Coordination of logical and textual definitions
-Validation and quality control of definitions, e.g., checking that definitions comply with the all/some form
-Methods for constructing definitions from multiple sources
-Use of controlled languages such as Rabbit or ACE for more user-friendly logical definition creation
-Use of templates to systematize definition creation

Intended Audience:

- Ontologists, tool developers, and domain experts whose work encounters issues regarding definitions
- Tool developers building definition- or ontology-authoring tools
- Philosophers and logicians
- Biomedical researchers working on definitions in nomenclatures such as SNOMED
- Computer scientists addressing these issues in languages like OWL
- NLP researchers working on definition extraction, generation, or checking
- NLP/IR researchers reusing definitions produced for ontologies


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Important Dates:

Extended submission deadline: July 25, 2014
Notification of paper acceptance: August 15, 2014
Camera-ready copies for the proceedings: September 15, 2014
Workshops: October 6-7, 2014

Organizing Committee:

Selja Seppälä (University at Buffalo, USA)
Patrick Ray (University at Buffalo, USA)
Alan Ruttenberg (University at Buffalo, USA)

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