Senso Comune

Cooperative Construction of Linguistic Knowledge Bases

Da Senso Comune.


Call for Papers

Key to the “Semantic Web” vision is the intuition that in order for the Web’s content to be fully exploited, automatic systems must be given the ability to interpret words as carriers of meaning, rather than just tags. As a global place where people and systems talk each other, the Web reflects today the complexity of natural language. Hence, the Web's development is necessarily heavily tied to natural language semantics.

Linguistic ontologies are usually regarded as knowledge bases for enabling automatic systems performing crucial tasks such as information extraction and semantic search. Thus the problem of acquiring, maintaining and enhancing these knowledge bases is one of the most relevant tasks for the Web community.

Natural languages are social products whose main strength is the consensus of the speakers. The usual approach to the development of linguistic ontologies, however, is merely authoritative. This approach reveals two major drawbacks: on one hand, the volume of natural language senses, along with their relationships, overwhelms the capability of any singular authority; on the other hand, the continuous creation of sense within concrete communities can hardly be framed by highly structured regulation activities.

A novel promising approach to the acquisition of linguistic knowledge bases starts from the idea of a direct exploitation of human communities. Huge encyclopedic resources such as Wikipedia have been freely built by large communities, thus it is reasonable to pose the question whether a community-based approach can be applied to the creation of linguistic knowledge.


A number of relevant issues are to be addressed when approaching the cooperative construction of linguistic knowledge bases:

  • Formalization
    • Formal representation of linguistic resources
    • Natural language semantics and foundational ontologies
    • Reasoning tasks and reasoning techniques for the construction of linguistic knowledge bases
  • Content
    • Acquisition and enrichment of lexical resources
    • Interoperability with lexical databases
    • Learning, evaluation, and revision of linguistic knowledge bases
    • Methodologies for the cooperative construction of linguistic knowledge bases
    • Human interfaces for the rapid creation of linguistic knowledge bases


  • 14.00. Tullio De Mauro - Le nozze di Lessico e Ontologia (The marriage of Lexicon and Ontology)
  • 15.10. F. Bertagna, M. Monachini, C. Soria, N. Calzolari, F. Ronzano, M. Tesconi, A. Marchetti - Cooperative Building of Semantic Resources
  • 15.40 Coffe break
  • 16.00 R. Basili - Estrazione di informazione dai testi: il ruolo dei modelli quantitativi (Information extraction from text: the role of quantitative models)
  • 16.30. A. Toral, M. Monachini - SIMPLE-OWL: a Generative Lexicon Ontology for NLP and the Semantic Web
  • 17.00.G.Vetere - Toward a model for integrating lexical data and ontologies in Senso Comune
  • 17.40 End


The founders of the Senso Comune association:

  • Tullio De Mauro (Università di Roma 1)
  • Aldo Gangemi (ISTC-CNR, Roma)
  • Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento)
  • Maurizio Lenzerini (Università di Roma 1)
  • Malvina Nissim (Università di Bologna)
  • Guido Vetere (IBM, Roma)

Program Committee

  • Padre Roberto Busa (S.J.)
  • Tullio De Mauro (Università di Roma 1)
  • Aldo Gangemi (ISTC-CNR, Roma)
  • Nicola Guarino (ISTC-CNR, Trento)
  • Maurizio Lenzerini (Università di Roma 1)
  • Malvina Nissim (Università di Bologna)
  • Guido Vetere (IBM, Roma)
  • Paola Velardi (Università di Roma 1)
  • Maria Teresa Pazienza (Università di Roma 2)
  • Nicoletta Calzolari (ILC-CNR, Pisa)
  • Bernardo Magnini (Fondazione Kessler, Trento)
  • Alessandro Oltramari (Cogito S.r.l, Trento)
  • Massimo Poesio (Università di Trento)
  • Giuseppe De Giacomo (Università di Roma 1)