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Linking to linguistic data categories in ISOcat


Windhouwer,  Menzo
The Language Archive, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Windhouwer, M., & Wright, S. E. (2012). Linking to linguistic data categories in ISOcat. In C. Chiarcos, S. Nordhoff, & S. Hellmann (Eds.), Linked data in linguistics: Representing and connecting language data and language metadata (pp. 99-107). Berlin: Springer.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-4716-D
ISO Technical Committee 37, Terminology and other language and content resources, established an ISO 12620:2009 based Data Category Registry (DCR), called ISOcat (see http://www.isocat.org), to foster semantic interoperability of linguistic resources. However, this goal can only be met if the data categories are reused by a wide variety of linguistic resource types. A resource indicates its usage of data categories by linking to them. The small DC Reference XML vocabulary is used to embed links to data categories in XML documents. The link is established by an URI, which servers as the Persistent IDentifier (PID) of a data category. This paper discusses the efforts to mimic the same approach for RDF-based resources. It also introduces the RDF quad store based Relation Registry RELcat, which enables ontological relationships between data categories not supported by ISOcat and thus adds an extra level of linguistic knowledge.