A Polyvocal and Contextualised Semantic Web

Marieke van Erp*, Victor de Boer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Current AI technologies and data representations often reflect the popular or majority vote. This is an inherent artefact of the frequency bias of many statistical analysis methods that are used to create for example knowledge graphs, resulting in simplified representations of the world in which diverse perspectives are underrepresented. With the use of AI-infused tools ever increasing, as well as the diverse audiences using these tools, this bias needs to be addressed in both the algorithms analysing data, as well as in the resulting representations. In this problems to solve before you die submission, we explain the implications of the lack of polyvocality and contextual knowledge in the semantic web. We identify three challenges for the Semantic Web community on dealing with various voices and perspectives as well as our vision for addressing it.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationESWC 2021
Subtitle of host publicationThe Semantic Web:
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-77385-4
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


  • Bias
  • Contextualisation
  • Culturally aware AI
  • Polyvocality


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