Senso Comune, an Open Knowledge Base for Italian

Guido Vetere*, Alessandro Oltramari**, Isabella Chiari***, Elisabetta Jezek****, Laure Vieu*****, Fabio Massimo Zanzotto******

*IBM Center for Advanced Studies of Rome
Via Sciangai 54, 00144 Roma, Italia

**Carnegie Mellon University
Department of Psychology
5000 Forbes Avenue, 15213 Pittsburgh (PA), USA

***Università La Sapienza di Roma
Dipartimento di Scienze Documentarie linguistico-filologiche e geografiche
pl. Aldo Moro 4, 00185 Roma, Italia

****Università di Pavia
Dipartimento di Linguistica Teorica e Applicata
Strada Nuova 65, 27100 Pavia, Italia

Université Paul-Sabatier
118 route de Narbonne, 31062 Toulouse France
Trento, Italia

******Università di Roma “Tor vergata”
Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell’Impresa
Viale del Politecnico, 1, 00133 Roma, Italia


Senso Comune is an open-knowledge base for the Italian language, available through a Web-based collaborative platform, whose construction is in progress. The resource integrates dictionary data coming from both users and legacy resources with an ontological backbone, which provides foundations for a formal characterization of lexical semantic structures (frames). A nucleus of basic Italian lemmas, which have been semantically analyzed and classified, is available for both online access and downloading. A restricted community of contributors is currently working on increasing the lexical coverage of the resource. Research is underway to extend the knowledge base model to encompass verbal frames.