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2019

Do You Speak Wine Tourism?

Authors
Pataco, T; Silva, M;

Publication
PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2ND INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TOURISM RESEARCH (ICTR 2019)

Abstract
The latest forecasts for the Portuguese tourist industry show that it will represent 16% of the Portuguese GNP very soon and, for 2017, the State Statistical Office registered over 3.5 million guests visiting the North of Portugal and around 7.4 million overnight stays in the region's tourist accommodation, which makes it safe to say that investing in projects that foster a common language in business communication will not only result in tangible financial gains but also in improved multi-cultural and multilingual understanding. Companies need, thus, to communicate seamlessly in a fully internationalised and digital world challenges companies to meet the need to systematise and harmonise language to properly convey meaning, thus promoting successful business undertakings. Such a need, a direct consequence of the phenomenon of globalisation and internationalisation of scientific and technological knowledge, becomes clear in a region with all the necessary elements to anchor sustainable growth, namely the four locations classified as UNESCO's World Heritage sites (Porto's historic center, Alto Douro wine region, Oa Valley Archeological Park and GuimarSes Historic Center). "WiTo - Do you speak wine tourism?" is a project, supported by a PhD thesis, that aims at creating an electronic multilingual thesaurus the wine tourism experts will consider a useful tool for communicating with different publics (experts and non-experts). Thus, we will have to determine which subjects and technical know-how are considered core, complementary and cross-sectional to wine tourism, leading to the conceptual representation of wine tourism specialised language (which, in turn, will allow for structuring and harmonization of the linguistic heritage clearly visible in the area's terminology). This project aims at providing the necessary basis for optimising knowledge transfer (thus promoting a faster flow of technical and scientific information) and its implementation in tourism information systems and electronic support platforms. This article aims at giving an overview of the current research in this area and presenting WiTo by highlighting some of its preliminary results and discussing some of the open questions.

2012

Integrating terminological methods in a framework for collaborative development of semi-formal ontologies

Authors
Sérgio Augusto Barros; Rute Costa; António Lucas Soares; Manuel Fernando Silva

Publication
in Proceedings of LREC 2012 - 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation , Istambul, Turquia

Abstract

2012

Multilingual Ontology Specification: a collaborative approach

Authors
Manuel Fernando Silva; António Lucas Soares; Rute Costa

Publication
in Proceedings of TKE-2012 - TKE (Terminology and Knowledge Engineering) Conference - New frontiers in the constructive symbiosis of terminology and knowledge engineering , Madrid, Espanha

Abstract
In this paper we present a method to support the process of multilingual ontology specification developed during the conceptualization phase in the context of multilingual collaborative networks. This method was developed to answer the requirements of a collaborative network where the need for localized content appears at an earlier stage, due to the short life-cycle that characterizes both this type of network. We present the main results obtained during the method's implementation in the context of an European project - H-Know: Advanced Infrastructure for Knowledge Based Services for Restoring Buildings, analyse its problems and limitations and discuss the difficulties that arise in a shared conceptualization of an ontology represented in more than one natural language from the point of view of the language influence, taking into account aspects such as the process of interpretation and representation of knowledge of a specific subject field, the needs and difficulties when accessi

2007

Understanding Users' response to ontology based systems in the context of an Enterprise Sponsored Virtual community

Authors
Carla Pereira; Manuel Fernando Silva; Joana Fernandes; António Lucas Soares

Publication
in Proceedings of PRO-VE 2007 - 8th IFIP Working Conference on Virtual enterprises, Guimarães, Portugal

Abstract

2007

Supporting the Emergence of Knowledge Communities in Industrial Association Groups in the Construction Sector

Authors
António Lucas Soares; Hugo Ferreira; Manuel Fernando Silva; Dora Pereira

Publication
in Proceedings of CIB W102 3rd Int. Confer. - Information and Knowledge Management - Helping the Practitioner in Planning and Building, Stuttgart, Alemanha

Abstract