Matching multi-lingual subject vocabularies

Shenghui Wang*, Antoine Isaac, Balthasar Schopman, Stefan Schlobach, Lourens Van Der Meij

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Most libraries and other cultural heritage institutions use controlled knowledge organisation systems, such as thesauri, to describe their collections. Unfortunately, as most of these institutions use different such systems, unified access to heterogeneous collections is difficult. Things are even worse in an international context when concepts have labels in different languages. In order to overcome the multilingual interoperability problem between European Libraries, extensive work has been done to manually map concepts from different knowledge organisation systems, which is a tedious and expensive process. Within the TELplus project, we developed and evaluated methods to automatically discover these mappings, using different ontology matching techniques. In experiments on major French, English and German subject heading lists Rameau, LCSH and SWD, we show that we can automatically produce mappings of surprisingly good quality, even when using relatively naive translation and matching methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries - 13th European Conference, ECDL 2009, Proceedings
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-04346-8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event13th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technologies for Digital Libraries, ECDL 2009 - Corfu, Greece
Duration: 27 Sep 20092 Oct 2009
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume5714 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference13th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technologies for Digital Libraries, ECDL 2009
Abbreviated titleECDL 2009


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