Cathy Dolbear


Enriching Content with User Data and Semantic Information

Oxford University Press, a department of the University of Oxford, has been developing semantic enrichment capabilities over a number of years, to improve the management and usage of our books, journals and dictionary content.

This talk is about how we’re combining human-authored semantic information with semantic tags and taxonomy classifications automatically extracted from our content. I’ll touch on the requirements we have as a user of text mining  applications and cover our learning experiences of implementing markup on our sites.

I’ll also introduce the Oxford Global Languages project, which links lexical information from multiple global and also digitally under-represented  languages such as isiZulu and Urdu in a triple store. The strong community involvement allows users who are native speakers of those languages to contribute to the dictionaries, building up a better interlinking of all languages which can then be accessed via an API, to be publicly launched this autumn.


Cathy Dolbear is currently a Senior Link Architect at Oxford University Press, working on the semantic enrichment of journals and book content, for linking, search and SEO. She is interested in the intersection between semantic, content, product and user data and how linked data paradigms can support their management. She holds a DPhil in Information Engineering from the University of Oxford, is the author of the book “Linked Data: A geographic perspective”, and holds several patents in personalisation and multimedia technologies. She previously worked as a research scientist investigating geospatial semantics and geographical linked data at Ordnance Survey, and has held roles in multimedia applications research at Motorola and Sharp Labs.

Senior Link Architect