This lecture discusses SKOS as a common data model for sharing and linking knowledge organization systems via the Web. Many knowledge organization systems, such as thesauri, taxonomies, classification schemes and subject heading systems, share a similar structure, and are used in similar applications. SKOS captures much of this similarity and makes it explicit, enabling data and technology sharing across diverse applications. The SKOS data model provides a standard, low-cost migration path for porting existing knowledge organization systems to the Semantic Web. Also available as PDF:

Keywords: Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS), Thesaurus, Vocabulary, RDFa
Author: Bechhofer, Sean
Date created: 2010-06-30 04:00:00.000
Time required: P1H
Educational use: professionalDevelopment
Educational audience: generalPublic

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