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.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelSelected Papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2015, October 14–16, 2015, Wroclaw, Poland
RedacteurenKoenraad De Smedt
Plaats van productieLinköping
UitgeverijLinköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet
Aantal pagina's9
ISBN van geprinte versie978-91-7685-765-6
StatusGepubliceerd - 11 apr. 2016

Publicatie series

NaamLinköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
UitgeverijLinköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet
ISSN van geprinte versie1650-3686
ISSN van elektronische versie1650-3740


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