SWAT (Semantic Web Authoring Tool)

Lead Research Organisation: Open University
Department Name: Computing


During the last decade the Semantic Web community has established basic standards for representing data and the conceptual systems (ontologies) through which they are defined. However, encoding information in these formalisms (OWL, RDF) remains a technically difficult task. Widespread adoption of these technologies (with their important potential benefits) would be facilitated if transparent interfaces to the technical formalisms were available.The project aims to show that metadata in OWL and RDF can be viewed and authored through computer-generated presentations in natural languages (e.g., English). The crucial step theoretically will be to develop a model for systemmatically mapping logical concepts and relations to phrase patterns in natural language. The practical challenge will be to develop a tool through which ontology developers can specify this mapping, without deploying deep knowledge of ontologies or grammars. This tool will draw on existing wide-coverage linguistic resources, so that developers can select from a range of pre-coded patterns rather than having to define new ones. If successful, the project would provide an innovative solution to an urgent and commercially relevant problem (as shown by the letters from our collaborators). The main partners are leading UK experts in the theory and practical application of ontologies (Manchester University), and the design of easily-used tools for knowledge-editing based on generated text (Open University).


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