An Incremental Method for the Lexical Annotation of Domain Ontologies

An Incremental Method for the Lexical Annotation of Domain Ontologies

Sonia Bergamaschi (Universita di Modena e Riggio Emilia, Italy), Paolo Bouquet (Universita di Trento, Italy), Daniel Giazomuzzi (Universita di Trento, Italy), Francesco Guerra (Universita di Modena e Riggio Emilia, Italy), Laura Po (Universita di Modena e Riggio Emilia, Italy) and Maurizio Vincini (Universita di Modena e Riggio Emilia, Italy)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/jswis.2007070103
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Abstract

In this article, we present MELIS (Meaning Elicitation and Lexical Integration System), a method and a software tool for enabling an incremental process of automatic annotation of local schemas (e.g. relational database schemas, directory trees) with lexical information. The distinguishing and original feature of MELIS is the incremental process: the higher the number of schemas which are processed, the more background/ domain knowledge is cumulated in the system (a portion of domain ontology is learned at every step), the better the performance of the systems on annotating new schemas. MELIS has been tested as a component of the MOMIS-Ontology Builder, a framework able to create a domain ontology representing a set of selected data sources, described with a standard W3C language wherein concepts and attributes are annotated according to the lexical reference database. We describe the MELIS component within the MOMIS-Ontology Builder framework and provide some experimental results of MELIS as a standalone tool and as a component integrated in MOMIS.

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