The vision of the Multilingual Semantic Web workshop series is the creation of a Semantic Web where semantically structured information can be aligned, integrated and used across languages. The workshops are concerned with research questions on how current Semantic Web infrastructure can and should be extended to support this vision.
Ontologies and linked data vocabularies are defined often in one language only (English), with a biased semantics and a corresponding world view. An infrastructure should be in place for defining ontologies and vocabularies in multiple languages with a transparent semantics across them. Current Semantic Web representation languages (RDF, OWL, SKOS) are limited in regard of the representation of natural language semantics, leaving much of the semantics hidden in textual web content out of scope for the developing Web of Data.
NLP and machine learning for Linked Data can benefit from exploiting linguistic resources such as annotated corpora, wordnets etc. if they are themselves formally represented and linked by use of Linked Data principles. In addressing such research questions, the workshop aims at providing a forum for researchers at the intersection of NLP, multilingual information access, Linked Data and the Semantic Web to exchange ideas on realizing the Multilingual Semantic Web.