Title:

PhiloSURFical: An Ontological Approach To Support Philosophy Learning

Year:

2009

Abstract:

As the Semantic Web is increasingly becoming a reality, the availability of large quantities of structured data brings forward new challenges. In fact, when the content of resources is indexed, not just their status as a text document, an image or a video, it becomes important to have solid semantic models which avoid as much as possible the generation of ambiguities with relation to the resources’ meaning. Within an educational context, we believe that only thanks to these models it is possible to organize and present resources in a dynamic and contextual manner. This can be achieved through a process of narrative pathway generation, that is, the active linking of resources into a learning path that contextualizes them with respect to one another. We are experimenting this approach in the PhiloSurfical tool, aimed at supporting philosophy students in understanding a text, by presenting them ‘maps’ of relevant learning resources. An ontology describing the multiple aspects of the philosophical world plays a central role in this system. In this chapter we want to discuss some lessons-learned during the modeling process, which have been crystallized into a series of reusable patterns. We present three of these patterns, showing how they can support different context-based reasoning tasks and allow a formal conceptualization of ambiguities that are primarily philosophy-related but can be easily found in other domains too. In particular, we describe a practical use of the ontology in the context of a classic work in twentieth century philosophy, Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.

Full reference:

Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta. PhiloSURFical: An Ontological Approach To Support Philosophy Learning - Semantic Web Technologies for e-Learning October 2009 D. Dicheva, R. Mizoguchi, J. Greer (Eds.), vol. 4 The Future of Learning, IOS Press.



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    2015


    Sep 2015

    Learning how to become a linked data publisher: the nature.com ontologies portal..
    Tony Hammond, Michele Pasin

    5th Workshop on Linked Science 2015, colocated with ISWC 2015., Bethlehem, USA, Sep 2015.


    2014


    Dec 2014

    Factoid-based Prosopography and Computer Ontologies: towards an integrated approach.
    Michele Pasin, John Bradley

    Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Dec 2014. doi: 10.1093/llc/fqt037


    2013


    Oct 2013

    Moving EMLoT towards the web of data: an approach to the representation of humanities citations based on role theory and formal ontology.
    Michele Pasin, Riichiro Mizoguchi

    New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, (forthcoming). (part of the 'Envisioning REED in the Digital Age' collection)


    2011


    Oct 2011

    Semantic Web Approaches in Digital History: an Introduction.
    Michele Pasin

    Lecture slides from the Course on digital history, part of the master in Digital Humanities at King's College, London., Oct 2011.



    Jun 2011

    An Ontological View of Canonical Citations.
    Matteo Romanello, Michele Pasin

    Digital Humanities 2011 , Stanford, USA, Jun 2011.



    Jan 2011

    Ontological Requirements for Annotation and Navigation of Philosophical Resources.
    Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta

    Synthese, Volume 182, Number 2, Springer, Jan 2011.


    2010


    Aug 2010

    Semantic Technologies for ELearning: A case study in the philosophical domain: representing Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus.
    Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta, Zdenek Zdrahal

    LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing, Aug 2010.


    2009


    Oct 2009

    PhiloSURFical: An Ontological Approach To Support Philosophy Learning.
    Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta

    Semantic Web Technologies for e-Learning, Oct 2009. D. Dicheva, R. Mizoguchi, J. Greer (Eds.), vol. 4 The Future of Learning, IOS Press



    Jul 2009

    Ontological Requirement for Supporting Smart Navigation of Philosophical Resources.
    Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta, Zdenek Zdrahal

    PhD Thesis, Milton Keynes, UK, The Open University, Jul 2009.


    2008


    May 2008

    Approach and ontology in PhiloSURFical.
    Michele Pasin

    COST EU Workshop, Ancona University, May 2008.


    2007


    Oct 2007

    Capturing Knowledge About Philosophy.
    Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta, Zdenek Zdrahal

    Fourth International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP07), Whistler, BC, Canada, Oct 2007. pp. 47-54



    Aug 2007

    PhiloSURFical: browse Wittgensteinʼs Tractatus with the Semantic Web.
    Michele Pasin

    Wittgenstein and the Philosophy of Information - Proceedings of the 30th International Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium, Kirchberg, Austria, Aug 2007. pp. 319-335



    Jul 2007

    Supporting Philosophers’ Work through the Semantic Web: Ontological Issues.
    Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta

    Fifth International Workshop on Ontologies and Semantic Web for E-Learning (SWEL-07), held in conjunction with AIED-07, Marina Del Rey, California, USA, Jul 2007.


    2006


    Jun 2006

    A Task Based Approach to Support Situating Learning for the Semantic Web.
    Michele Pasin, Martin Dzbor

    International Workshop on Applications of Semantic Web Technologies for E-Learning (SWEL-06), held in conjunction with Adaptive Hypermedia 2006, Dublin, Ireland, Jun 2006.



    Jun 2006

    Paving the way towards the e-humanities: a Semantic Web approach to support the learning of philosophy .
    Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta

    Poster paper presented at the 3rd European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC-06), Budva, Montenegro, Jun 2006.


    2005


    Oct 2005

    Semantic Learning Narratives.
    Michele Pasin, Enrico Motta

    International Workshop on Applications of Semantic Web Technologies for E-Learning (SWEL-05), held in conjunction with KCAP-05, Banff, Canada, Oct 2005.