Creating smart textbooks by integrating ontologies with plain digital textbooks. In this project, we made use of ontologies for ontology-based text annotation and automated question generation.
Text annotation is done by extracting terms from the ontology and matching these to phrases in the textbooks' text. These matches are then displayed to the user as a defintion of the term and related concepts. More details can be found here.
Automated question generation is a part of natural language generation and uses features of the ontology to complete templates for various question types. This requires specific features to exist in the ontology so that generated questions appear natural and make sense. More details can be found here.
We developed two components for this project: a text annotation platform, Lodestar, and an automated question specification.
Build a reusable online digital textbook platform. Annotate uploaded textbooks with definitions and related concepts extracted from the ontology. Present the annotations to the user in parallel with the textbook.
Kyle developed the text annotation system, Lodestar.
Automated Question Generation
Steve developed the specification required for automated question generation.