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 Multilingual Ontologies for Networked Knowledge(MONNET)
Funded under 7th FWP (Seventh Framework Programme)
Research area:
ICT-2009.2.2 Language-based interaction

The Monnet project will provide a semantics-based solution for integrated information access across language barriers, which is of growing importance to industry as exemplified by the Monnet use cases. A key solution to this problem is to deal with information at the semantic level, i.e. by abstracting away over language and form, allowing for more advanced and uniform: i) integration, ii) aggregation, iii) querying and iv) presentation of information across languages.
The Monnet approach therefore consists of: systematic investigation of ontologies as normalizing language-independent semantic models that permit moving flexibly between languages in information extraction, integration and access; provision of automatic, cost-effective localisation of ontologies through innovative approaches exploiting existing web-based resources (lexica, corpora, translation services, etc.); the exploitation of localized ontologies for cross-lingual information extraction from heterogeneous data sources, including text documents, semi-structured tables and increasingly also structured and "linked data" available in web-accessible RDF knowledge bases; development of flexible multilingual knowledge access and presentation components designed in a principled way based on ontology-lexicon models and multilingual localized ontologies.

As outcome, Monnet will have a clear impact by: i) developing models, semi-automatic approaches and methodologies allowing cost effective ontology localization as a basis for ii) implementing an integrated solution to providing semantic-level access to information across languages and iii) providing new evaluation methodologies that evaluate systems in an end-to-end "in vivo" fashion to understand user interaction, in addition to more traditional "in vitro" (batch-mode) evaluations for system tuning; developing several use case driven demonstrators to showcase exploitation potential in the domains of business, financial and public services.

3200608 euro
Collaborative project (generic)
2362622 euro

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