Semantic annotation support in the absence of consensus

Sereno, Bertrand; Uren, Victoria; Buckingham Shum, Simon and Motta, Enrico (2004). Semantic annotation support in the absence of consensus. In: Bussler, Christoph; Davies, John; Fensel, Dieter and Studer, Rudi eds. The Semantic Web: Research and Applications. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 3053 (2004). Berlin: Springer, pp. 357–371.


We are interested in the annotation of knowledge which does not necessarily require a consensus. Scholarly debate is an example of such a category of knowledge where disagreement and contest are widespread and desirable, and unlike many Semantic Web approaches, we are interested in the capture and the compilation of these conflicting viewpoints and perspectives. The Scholarly Ontologies project provides the underlying formalism to represent this meta-knowledge, and we will look at ways to lighten the burden of its creation. After having described some particularities of this kind of knowledge, we introduce ClaimSpotter, our approach to support its capture, based on the elicitation of a number of recommendations which are presented for consideration to our annotators (or analysts), and give some elements of evaluation.

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