CLARIN Concept Registry: The New Semantic Registry

Ineke Schuurman, M. Windhouwer, Odrun Ohren, Dan Zeman

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The CLARIN Concept Registry ( is the place in the CLARIN Infrastructure where common and shared semantics of, but not limited to, linguistic concepts are defined. This is important to achieve semantic interoperability, and to overcome to a degree the diversity in data structures, either in metadata or linguistic resources, encountered within the infrastructure. Whereas in the past, CLARIN has been using the ISOcat registry for these purposes, nowadays this new registry is being used, as ISOcat turned out to have some serious drawbacks as far as its use in the CLARIN community is concerned. The main difference between the two semantic registries is that the CCR is a concept registry whereas ISOcat is a data category registry. In this paper we describe why the decision to switch to a concept registry has been made. We also describe the most important other characteristics of the new (Open)SKOS-based registry, as well as the management procedures used to prevent a recurrent proliferation of entries, as was the case with ISOcat.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelected Papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2015, October 14–16, 2015, Wroclaw, Poland
EditorsKoenraad De Smedt
Place of PublicationLinköping
PublisherLinköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-91-7685-765-6
Publication statusPublished - 11 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameLinköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
PublisherLinköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet
ISSN (Print)1650-3686
ISSN (Electronic)1650-3740


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