Ontologies and Lexical Knowledge Bases

3rd International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, LREC2002

27th May 2002, Las Palmas, Canary Islands – Spain

Ontologies and Lexical Knowledge Bases

Workshop motivation and aims

The rise of the semantic web has greatly increased the interest in ontologies, but also added new critical requirements for them, such as wide coverage, interoperability and multi-linguality. In  the perspective of the semantic web, the link between ontologies and natural language appears to be crucial. Indeed, there is a high level of correspondence between ontologies and lexical knowledge bases. They are subject to the same requirements, and there is an ever increasing potential and need for cooperation between the two fields.

Following the tradition of the first OntoLex workshop (OntoLex’00 Sozopol, Bulgaria 2000), this workshop will focus on the links between ontologies and lexical knowledge bases, aiming at being a meeting point for a number of communities that are currently not sufficiently connected:

  • lexical semanticists;
  • lexicographers and terminologists;
  • ontologists with computer science background;
  • ontologists with philosophical background;
  • ontology users active in various areas (knowledge management,  information extraction, information retrieval, machine  translation, conceptual modelling, eCommerce).

The needs for greater interconnectivity among the above research areas have been widely recognized in the last years. Two good examples of an interdisciplinary approach are the use of upper ontologies in European projects as EuroWordNet and SIMPLE, and some recent work on the conceptual analysis of WordNet’s top-level taxonomy presented at FOIS2001.

Lexical knowledge bases are considered an important kind of language resources. Moreover, lexical knowledge bases and ontologies are starting to play a crucial role in the creation and usage of other language resources such as syntactic tree-banks and lexicons.

The workshop will take place on the 27th of May 2002 at Las Palmas, Canary Islands – Spain (preceding the 3rd International Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, LREC2002 ). Two European thematic networks will support the workshop: OntoWeb and ELSNET .

Topics of interest

  • design principles for upper-level ontologies and semantic  lexical resources;
  • ways for handling systematic polysemy and compound concepts;
  • interoperability between semantic lexical resources and ontologies;
  • applications of ontologies and semantic lexical resources in IR and IE;
  • role of semantic lexical resources in ontology learning;
  • evaluation, comparison, mapping, and integration of ontologies and semantic lexical resources

A discussion will be organized on the topic “Distinctions between lexical and ontological knowledge.”

Important dates

 Deadline for workshop abstract submission
 8th of February 2002

Notification of acceptance
 8th of March 2002

Final version of paper for workshop proceedings
 5th of April 2002

27th of May 2002


Papers should describe existing research connected to the topics of the workshop. The presentation at the workshop will be 25 minutes long (20 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions and discussion). Each submission should show: title; author(s); affiliation(s); and contact author’s e-mail address, postal address, telephone and fax numbers. Abstracts (maximum 500 words, plain-text format) should be sent to:

Name: Wim Peters
Email: wim@dcs.shef.ac.uk

Those who wish to attend without offering a paper are asked to briefly motivate their interest.

The final version of the accepted papers should not be longer than 4,000 words or 10 A4 pages. Instructions for formatting and presentation of the final version will be sent to authors upon notification of acceptance.

Organizing committee

Kiril Simov
Linguistic Modelling Laboratory, CLPP, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Acad. G.Bonchev St. 25A, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
OntoText Lab. Sirma AI Ltd, Bulgaria
Phone: +359 2 979 2812;     Fax: +359 2 707273

Nicola Guarino
National Research Council, LADSEB-CNR
Corso Stati Uniti, 4, I-35127 Padova, Italy
Phone: +39 049 8295751;     Fax: +39 049 8295763

Wim Peters
NLP group, Department of Computer Science,  University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 211 Portobello Street, Sheffield S1 4DP
Phone: 00-44-114-2221902;     Fax: 00-44-114-2221810

Program Committee

Nathalie Aussenac-Gilles (IRIT, Toulouse, France)
Michael Brown (SemanticEdge, Germany)
Paul Buitelaar (DFKI, Germany)
Werner Ceusters (L&C, Belgium)
Aldo Gangemi (Institute of Biomedical Technologies, CNR, Italy)
Julio Gonzalo (UNED, Madrid, Spain)
Erhard Hinrichs (SfS, Tuebingen University, Germany)
Atanas Kyriakov (OntoText Lab., Bulgaria)
Alessandro Lenci (Universita’ di Pisa, Italy)
Kavi Mahesh (Knowledge Management Group, Infosys Technologies, USA)
Sergej Nirenburg (CRL, New-Mexico State University, USA)
Piek Vossen (Irion Technologies, Delft, The Netherlands)
James Pustejovsky (Brandeis University, USA)
Paola Velardi (“La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy)
Ellen Voorhees (NIST, USA)

Invited Speakers

Yorick Wilks (Shefield University, UK)
Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University, USA)

Workshop registration

The registration fee for the workshop is:

If you are not attending LREC: 140 EURO
If you are attending LREC: 90 EURO

The fees cover the following services: a copy of the proceedings of the attended workshop, coffee-breaks and refreshments.

Participation in the workshop is limited by the venue. Requests for participation will be processed on first come first served basis. Registration will be handled by the LREC Secretariat.

The Workshop Programme

  • 08:40 – 09:45 – Opening
  • 08:45 – 09:10 – Melina Alexa, Bernd Kreissig, Martina Liepert, Klaus Reichenberger, Lothar Rostek, Karin Rautmann, Werner Scholze-Stubenrecht, Sabine Stoye.
    The Duden Ontology: an Integrated Representation of Lexical and Ontological Information
  • 09:10 – 09:35 – Bernardo Magnini, Manuela Speranza.
    Merging Global and Specialized Linguistic Ontologies
  • 09:35 – 10:00 – Dietmar Rösner, Manuela Kunze.
    Exploiting Sublanguage and Domain Characteristics in a Bootstrapping Approach to Lexicon and Ontology Creation
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Christiane Fellbaum. (Invited Speaker)
    Parallel Hierarchies in the Verb Lexicon
  • 11:00 – 11:20 – Coffee break
  • 11:20 – 11:45 – Alessandro Oltramari, Aldo Gangemi, Nicola Guarino, Claudio Masolo.
    Restructuring WordNet’s Top-Level: The OntoClean based approach
  • 11:45 – 12:10 – Maarten Janssen.
    EuroWordNet and Differentiae Specificae
  • 12:10 – 12:35 – James Pustejovsky, Anna Rumshisky.
    Rerendering Semantic Ontologies: Automatic Extensions to UMLS through Corpus Analytics
  • 12:35 – 14:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – 14:25 – Roberto Navigli, Paola Velardi.
    Automatic Adaptation of WordNet to Domains
  • 14:25 – 14:50 – Wim Peters.
    Self-enriching Properties of Wordnet: Relationships between Word Senses
  • 14:50 – 15:15 – Sandiway Fong.
    On the Ontological Basis for Logical Metonomy: Telic Roles and WordNet
  • 15:15 – 15:40 – Anthony R. Davis, Leslie Barrett.
    Relations among Roles
  • 15:40 – 16:40 – Yorick Wilks. (Invited Speaker)
  • 16:40 – 17:00 – Coffee break
  • 17:00 – 18:00 – Discussion:
    Distinctions between Lexical and Ontological Knowledge