The role of natural language in social information engineering

Kurt Englmeier, Fionn Murtagh, Josiane Mothe, Javier Pereira, Duska Rosenberg

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In this paper we present work-in-progress - a technology platform for Social Collaboration in the context of Personalized Information Extraction. In particular, we consider elements of user-centered software engineering as it converges on the development of folksonomies. Results from our work-in-progress demonstrate to what extent non-IT users can apply natural language when managing their IT-based processes addressing information integration. We concentrate on the language model that supports the development of process-related folksonomies in the context of retrieving and merging textual information from different sources concerning legal documents. Findings in our work-in-progress underpin the conjecture that the computational nature of natural language overcomes the inherent problem of ambiguity when applied in a collaboration context that the users are aware of.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE Africon'11
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781612849935
ISBN (Print)9781612849928
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event10th Africon Conference in Africa - Zambezi Sun Hotel, Livingstone, Zambia
Duration: 13 Sep 201115 Sep 2011
Conference number: 10

Publication series

ISSN (Print)2153-0025
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0033


Conference10th Africon Conference in Africa


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