Functional Representation of Technical Artefacts in Ontology-Terminology Models

Author Laura Giacomini

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Laura Giacomini
  • University of Hildesheim, Germany
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany

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Laura Giacomini. Functional Representation of Technical Artefacts in Ontology-Terminology Models. In 2nd Conference on Language, Data and Knowledge (LDK 2019). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 70, pp. 5:1-5:6, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2019)


The ontological coverage of technical artefacts in terminography should take into account a functional representation of conceptual information. We present a model for a function-based description which enables direct interfacing of ontological properties and terminology, and which was developed in the context of a project on term variation in technical texts. Starting from related research in the field of knowledge engineering, we introduce the components of the ontological function macrocategory and discuss the implementation of the model in lemon.

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  • Information systems → Ontologies
  • terminology
  • ontology
  • technical artefact
  • function model
  • semantic web
  • lemon


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