TermFactory: Collaborative Editing of Term Ontologies

Igor Kudashev, Lauri Carlson, Irina Kudasheva

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    In our paper, we describe TermFactory, which is an architecture and
    workflow for collaborative ontology-based terminology and ontology
    work.. TermFactory (TF) is being developed in the ContentFactory
    project (2008−2010), carried out at several departments of the
    University of Helsinki and Helsinki University of Technology.

    The TF architecture is built on Semantic Web ontologies and other web
    standard technologies. The architecture defines a schema for representing
    terminologies as OWL ontologies, software for distributed storage and
    retrieval of term resources, and web services that provide methods to query,
    discuss, and edit terms on various collaborative platforms. TF Quality
    Manual proposes best practices for collaborative terminology work.

    Making use of the fact that OWL is weakly typed, TF accommodates a
    variety of approaches to terminological description, implemented as TF
    profiles. In addition to the traditional concept-oriented entry view TF
    also supports a number of alternative views, e.g. a “contrastive view”
    which is particularly suitable for terminology work in culture-specific
    domains and domains dealing with sensitive matters (such as social
    work, politics or diplomacy).

    We also discuss the benefits and challenges of collaborative terminology
    work and describe the principles of an upper-level infrastructure for
    documenting terminological data, including a common register of
    language codes, a core domain classification, a list of upper-level data
    categories and means of source management. This infrastructure glues
    heterogeneous content together while allowing for the diversity of data
    models in different terminological collections.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTerminology and Knowledge Engineering Conference 2010 : Presenting Terminology and Knowledge Engineering Recourses Online: Models and Challenges
    EditorsÚna Bhreathnach, Fionnuala Barra-Cusack
    Number of pages20
    Place of PublicationDublin
    PublisherFiontar, Dublin City University
    Publication date2010
    ISBN (Print)978-0-9566314-0-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings

    Fields of Science

    • 612 Languages and Literature

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