[Elsnet-list] Release of BabelNet 1.1

Roberto Navigli navigli at di.uniroma1.it
Mon Feb 4 14:13:23 CET 2013

                RELEASE OF BabelNet 1.1

As an output of the "MultiJEDI" Starting Grant, funded by the
European Research Council and headed by Prof. Roberto Navigli,
the Linguistic Computing Laboratory of the Sapienza University
of Rome is proud to announce the release of BabelNet 1.1.

BabelNet is an "encyclopedic dictionary" and a multilingual
ontology created by mapping the largest multilingual Web
encyclopedia - i.e., Wikipedia - to the most popular computational
lexicon of English - i.e., WordNet.
The integration is performed via an automatic linking algorithm
and by filling in lexical gaps with the aid of Machine Translation.
The result is an "encyclopedic dictionary" that provides babel synsets,
i.e., concepts and named entities lexicalized in many languages
and connected with large amounts of semantic relations.

Version 1.1 comes with the following features:

* a fully renovated, appealing Web interface at http://babelnet.org
* 5.5 million Babel synsets!
* increased coverage of nominal and named entities
* improved Wikipedia-WordNet mapping and sense translations
* coverage of 6 European languages (coming soon: 40+ languages!)
* millions of pictures and Wikipedia categories associated with babel
* linked to DBpedia


* BabelNet as Linked Open Data
* coverage of 40+ languages (expected this spring)

=== WE ARE HIRING! ===

The Linguistic Computing Laboratory is hiring! A Ph.D. position is open in
the field of multilingual lexical semantics for highly qualified candidates
with an excellent Master's degree in computer science, computational
linguistics or related areas. The successful candidate will join a young,
dynamic research team (made up of 2 faculty members, 2 post-docs and 6
Ph.D. students) with solid experience and proven excellence in NLP
research. If interested, please send inquiries to Prof. Roberto Navigli (
navigli at di.uniroma1.it).

Note that the Sapienza deadline for submitting applications is July 20 (
http://phd.di.uniroma1.it/apply.php), but candidates who apply earlier, and
are successful, could start a research fellowship (about 1500 euros net per
month) immediately and then apply for Ph.D.*

Roberto Navigli
Dipartimento di Informatica
SAPIENZA Universita' di Roma
Via Salaria, 113 (now in: Viale Regina Elena 295)
00198 Roma Italy
Phone: +39 0649255161 - Fax: +39 06 8541842
Home Page: http://wwwusers.di.uniroma1.it/~navigli
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