Are there any software or tools for Ontology and WordNet development?

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    Hello ARZ. Thanks for posting, but Ontology belongs to Philosophy not to Linguistics. Therefore your question as is must be considered off topic. If it's not, please provide more context to show and explain what exactly you're looking for.
    – Alenanno
    Oct 22, 2011 at 14:11
  • Sorry for wrong hyperlink! it was updated.
    – ARZ
    Oct 22, 2011 at 14:19
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    Thanks for the update, but I think it will be nice if your question text offer a brief description of Ontology and WordNet and what kind of development you are talking about.
    – Louis Rhys
    Oct 22, 2011 at 15:34
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    I would say WordNet is on-topic and ontology is just one use for wordnet so I'm not sure it could go either way but it would be best to emphasize the WordNet connection and downplay the ontology part. Or just move the whole question to StackOverflow if "development" here refers to programming. Oct 22, 2011 at 16:06
  • @Alenanno: there is a whole science of 'ontologies' which properly belongs to linguistics, namely lexical semantics. I say properly because it has been developed mostly in the CS/AI/text processing communities, and has little to do with the philosophical idea of 'ontology'.
    – Mitch
    Oct 22, 2011 at 17:06

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There are many. A good place to start is: http://wordnet.princeton.edu/wordnet/related-projects/ . It has many examples. Just to name several randomly:

  • The Suggested Upper Merged Ontology (SUMO) is an ontology specified in first order logic. SUMO mappings to WordNet 3.0 are available. Email Adam Pease for more information.
  • Paul Buitelaar, of DFKI-Language Technology in Germany, has developed CoreLex, an ontology and semantic database of 126 underspecified semantic types, covering around 40,000 nouns. CoreLex defines a large number of systematic polysemous classes, derived by a careful, semi-automatic analysis of sense distributions in WordNet.
  • A Resource Description Framework (RDF) representation of WordNet and ontology defining the terms used to represent the RDF version were developed by Sergey Melnik and Stefan Decker [email].

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