A Study on the Best Practice for Constructing a Cross-lingual Ontology

Yi-Yun Cheng, Hsueh-Hua Chen


Ontologies, as the fundamental building blocks for the
Semantic Web, are the highest-level classification scheme in the family of
Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS). With the emergence of big data, ontologies
are one of the keys to unraveling the information explosion problems. Under the
big data situation, many language cultures are in a pressing need to construct
ontologies. Cross-lingual ontology research has thus become a pivotal concern in
this global age. Researchers worldwide try to be interoperable with ontologies
written not only in English, but also in other languages. Yet, constructing a
cross-lingual ontology can be difficult, and a detailed mapping method is often
hard to find. The purpose of this study is to establish a feasible practice on
building cross-lingual ontologies. The study will focus on the construction of
an English-Chinese ontology from an existing source ontology and a KOS source.
This study will also address the synonymy and polysemy problems of the target
language (Traditional Chinese).

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