UMBC ebiquity


Status: Past project

Project Description:
Identifying topics and concepts associated with a set of documents is a task common to many applications. It can help in the annotation and categorization of documents and be used to model a person's current interests for improving search results, business intelligence or selecting appropriate advertisements. We are investigating the use of Wikipedia's articles and associated pages as a topic ontology for this purpose. The benefits of the approach are that the ontology terms are developed through a social process, maintained and kept current by the Wikipedia community, represent a consensus view, and have meaning that can be understood by reading the associated pages. We have demonstrated the use of Wikitology to improve the performance of an information retrieval system and as a source of evidence in a intra-document entity co-reference task.

Start Date: October 2007

End Date: August 2010

Principal Investigator:
Anupam Joshi

Zareen Syed

Tags: semantic web, information retrieval, wikipedia


There are 6 associated publications:  Hide the list...

5 Refereed Publications


1. Zareen Syed et al., "Exploiting a Web of Semantic Data for Interpreting Tables", InProceedings, Proceedings of the Second Web Science Conference, April 2010, 2848 downloads.

2. Tim Finin et al., "Creating and Exploiting a Web of Semantic Data", InProceedings, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence, January 2010, 3326 downloads.


3. Tim Finin et al., "Using Wikitology for Cross-Document Entity Coreference Resolution", InProceedings, Proceedings of the AAAI Spring Symposium on Learning by Reading and Learning to Read, March 2009, 1848 downloads.


4. Zareen Syed et al., "Wikitology: Wikipedia as an ontology", InProceedings, Proceedings of the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, October 2008.

5. Zareen Syed et al., "Wikipedia as an Ontology for Describing Documents", InProceedings, Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, March 2008, 7247 downloads.

1 Non-Refereed Publication


1. Zareen Syed et al., "Wikitology: Using Wikipedia as an Ontology", TechReport, , February 2008, 4216 downloads.


There are 2 associated resources:  Hide the list...

1. Wikipedia as an ontology, Poster.

2. Wikitology: Wikipedia as an ontology, Presentation.


Research Areas:
 Information retrieval
 Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
 Language technology
 Semantic Web
 Social media