Although the Semantic Web provides a framework for the integration of resources on the web, datasets are not always made available in RDF by their producers and the Semantic Web community has had to convert some of these datasets to RDF in order for these datasets to participate in the LOD cloud. As a result, the LOD cloud sometimes contains outdated, partial and even inaccurate RDF datasets. The authors of this article review the LOD landscape for one of these resources, MeSH, and analyze the characteristics of six existing representations in order to identify desirable features for an authoritative version, for which they have created a prototype. They then illustrate the suitability of this prototype on three common use cases. NLM released an authoritative representation of MeSH in RDF (beta version) in the Fall of 2014.

Keywords: Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), Linked Open Data (LOD) Cloud, Linked Open Data (LOD), Semantic Web, eXtensible Markup Language (XML)
Author: Bodenreider, Olivier
Publisher: American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
Date created: 2014-11-14 05:00:00.000
Time required: P20M

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