Major Minors - Ontological Representation of Minorities by Newspapers

Authors Paulo Jorge Pereira Martins , Leandro José Abreu Dias Costa, José Carlos Ramalho

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Paulo Jorge Pereira Martins
  • University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
Leandro José Abreu Dias Costa
  • University of Minho, Braga, Portugal
José Carlos Ramalho
  • Department of Informatics, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

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Paulo Jorge Pereira Martins, Leandro José Abreu Dias Costa, and José Carlos Ramalho. Major Minors - Ontological Representation of Minorities by Newspapers. In 10th Symposium on Languages, Applications and Technologies (SLATE 2021). Open Access Series in Informatics (OASIcs), Volume 94, pp. 3:1-3:13, Schloss Dagstuhl – Leibniz-Zentrum für Informatik (2021)


The stigma associated with certain minorities has changed throughout the years, yet there’s no central data repository that enables a concrete tracking of this representation. Published articles on renowned newspapers are a way of determining the public perception on this subject, mainly digital newspapers, being it through the media representation (text and photo illustrations) or user comments. The present paper seeks to showcase a project that attempts to fulfill that shortage of data by providing a repository in the form of an ontology: RDF triplestores composing a semantic database (W3C standards for Semantic Web). This open-source project aims to be a research tool for mapping and studying the representation of minority groups in a Portuguese journalistic context over the course of two decades.

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  • Information systems → Web Ontology Language (OWL)
  • Information systems → Ontologies
  • Computing methodologies → Ontology engineering
  • Information systems → Graph-based database models
  • RDF
  • OWL
  • Ontologies
  • Knowledge Representation
  • Minorities


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