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Mining meaning from Wikipedia

journal contribution
posted on 01.09.2009, 00:00 authored by O Medelyan, D Milne, Cathy LeggCathy Legg, I H Witten
Wikipedia is a goldmine of information; not just for its many readers, but also for the growing community of researchers who recognize it as a resource of exceptional scale and utility. It represents a vast investment of manual effort and judgment: a huge, constantly evolving tapestry of concepts and relations that is being applied to a host of tasks.

This article provides a comprehensive description of this work. It focuses on research that extracts and makes use of the concepts, relations, facts and descriptions found in Wikipedia, and organizes the work into four broad categories: applying Wikipedia to natural language processing; using it to facilitate information retrieval and information extraction; and as a resource for ontology building. The article addresses how Wikipedia is being used as is, how it is being improved and adapted, and how it is being combined with other structures to create entirely new resources. We identify the research groups and individuals involved, and how their work has developed in the last few years. We provide a comprehensive list of the open-source software they have produced.

History

Journal

International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

Event

International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

Volume

67

Issue

9

Pagination

716 - 754

Publisher

Academic Press

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1071-5819

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Elsevier