Standards and best practices for the Multilingual Web

Requirements Gathering: Best practices for Multilingual Linked Open Data (BP-MLOD), as part of the W3C Multilingual Web Workshop, Rome, 2013.

Co-Chairs: Dominic Jones (Trinity College Dublin), Jose E. Labra (University of Oviedo), Jorge Gracia (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid).
Moderators: Dominic Jones, Jorge Gracia


Across a number of talks, over the last few years, the concept of Best Practices for Multilingual Linked Open Data (BP-MLOD) has re-appeared time and time again. As part of the W3C Multilingual Web Workshop, Rome, 2013, a breakout session will be held with the specific task of gathering a common set of requirements for implementing best practices in MLOD. The target for this session is to crowd-source ideas from the community regarding BP-MLOD. A number of short, lightning presentations will be given, followed by an open discussion with a shared common output. A high level overview of this output will be presented back to the MLW community during the conference. The aim, post-conference, being to produce and publish (via the W3C Multilingual Web portal a reference white paper based on the output of the breakout session.

Topics for Discussion include:

  • Resource naming: Opaque URIs, meaningful URIs, IRIs in MLOD.
  • Labelling and multilingual lexical information.
  • Multilingual vocabularies: Internationalization and localization of ontologies.
  • Particularities of non-western languages.
  • MLOD and localization applied across workflows and different formats.


The structure of the session will be a number of 5 minute talks each presenting high-level ideas, concepts and discussion points. The idea is that speakers present their own views, targeted at developing a discussion around BP-MLOD. Slides will be automatically timed and the discussion will be purposefully high level. Eight speakers will present their views, these being:

  • Gordon Dunsire, “Multilingual bibliographic standards in RDF: the IFLA experience”, Independent Consultant; Chair of IFLA Namespaces Technical Group (Remote speaker).
  • Ivan Herman, “Towards Multilingual Data on the Web?” Semantic Web Activity Lead, W3C.
  • Jose E. Labra, “Patterns for Multilingual LOD: an overview”, University of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain.
  • Dave Lewis, “XLIFF workflow and Multilingual Provenance in Linked Data”, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
  • Charles McCathie Nevile, Web Standards, Yandex.
  • Roberto Navigli, "BabelNet: a multilingual encyclopedic dictionary as LOD", Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.
  • Haofen Wang, “The state of the art of Chinese LOD development”, APEX labs, China
  • Daniel Vila, “Naming and Labeling Ontologies in the Multilingual Web”, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.


Following on from the presentations a high level overview of the topics and discussion will be formed in a shared document. Contributions from attendees, not just speakers, are a very important part of this process. Speakers provide the starting point for a continued audience-led discussion. This discussion will form the basis for a presentation back to the MLW community and subsequent publication as a white paper on the Multilingual Web homepage. Contributors will be invited to have on-going input into the publication process.

How Can I Participate?

Attendance at the breakout session is included as part of the registration for the Multilingual Web Workshop via the main workshop webpage: For more information on the session please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.