Formalizing and Querying a Diachronic Termino-Ontological Resource: the CLAVIUS Case Study

Silvia Piccini
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli”, Pisa, Italy

Andrea Bellandi
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli”, Pisa, Italy

Giulia Benotto
Istituto di Linguistica Computazionale “Antonio Zampolli”, Pisa, Italy

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Ingår i: Digital Humanities 2016. From Digitization to Knowledge 2016: Resources and Methods for Semantic Processing of Digital Works/Texts, Proceedings of the Workshop, July 11, 2016, Krakow, Poland

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 126:7, s. 38--41

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Publicerad: 2016-07-08

ISBN: 978-91-7685-733-5

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


In this work, we describe the modelling of a diachronic termino-ontological resource, named CLAVIUS, representing the evolution of astronomical concepts and theories from antiquity until the dawn of the modern age. The resource was built by means of existing tools allowing the scholars to formalize knowledge even though they are not familiar with the models and the languages underlying the representation. More specifically, Protégé, a free open-source ontology editor, which supports OWL (and OWL 2) and Chronos, a plug-in for Protégé to manage temporal aspect, were used. A raw evaluation of the resource is provided by means of a controlled natural language interface, which enables scholars to answer a set of salient queries defined by our domain expert.


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