Special Issue "Towards the Multilingual Web of Data"

A special issue of Information (ISSN 2078-2489). This special issue belongs to the section "Artificial Intelligence".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. John P. McCrae

Insight Centre for Data Analytics, National University of Ireland Galway, Galway, Ireland
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Interests: ontologies; lexicography; language resources; data science; linked data; multilingualism; machine learning; digital humanities
Guest Editor
Dr. Jorge Gracia

Ontology Engineering Group, Artificial Intelligence Department, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
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Interests: semantic web; linguistic linked data; multilingualism; query Interpretation; ontology matching

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The MDPI Information Journal invites submissions to a special issue on “Towards the Multilingual Web of Data”.

The Web of Data has increasingly become a space where concepts are described not only with logic and ontologies but also with linguistic information in the form of multilingual lexicons, terminologies, and thesauri. In particular, this has led to the creation of a growing cloud of linguistically-linked open data, which bridges the world of ontologies with dictionaries, corpora and other linguistic resources. This raises several challenges such as ontology localisation, cross-lingual question answering, cross-lingual ontology and data matching, representation of lexical information on the Web of Data, etc.

Furthermore, NLP and machine learning for linked data can benefit from exploiting multilingual language resources, such as annotated corpora, wordnets, bilingual dictionaries, etc., if they are themselves formally represented and linked by following the linked data principles. A critical mass of language resources as linked data on the Web is leading to a new generation of linked, data-aware NLP techniques and tools, which, in turn, will serve as basis for a richer, multilingual Web.

This Special Issue is concerned with groundbreaking topics at the interface of the Semantic Web, language resources and NLP, with particular emphasis on multilingual aspects.

Topics of call

  • Linguistic Linked Open Data
  • NLP on the Semantic Web
  • Multilinguality and semantics
  • Best practices for multilingual linked data
  • Validation, quality and legal issues for multilingual linked data
  • Language resources published as linked data
  • Ontologies, terminologies and models for multilingual linked data
  • Publishing language resources as linked data using language description models such as OntoLex-lemon
  • Cross-lingual information access, search and retrieval
  • NLP and machine learning approaches for the Semantic Web and Linked Data

Papers’ length has to be 9–15 pages and should be formatted according to the MDPI template. Complete instructions for authors can be found at:


Important Dates
Submission: 15 December 2017
Notification: January 2018

Dr. John P. McCrae
Dr. Jorge Gracia
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Information is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 850 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Linked Data
  • Semantic Web
  • Linguistic Linked Data
  • Multilinguality
  • Language Resources
  • Lexicography
  • Ontology-Lexicon Interface
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Ontologies
  • Terminologies

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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