A Method for Converting Thesauri to RDF/OWL

  • Mark van Assem
  • Maarten R. Menken
  • Guus Schreiber
  • Jan Wielemaker
  • Bob Wielinga
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-30475-3_3

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3298)
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van Assem M., Menken M.R., Schreiber G., Wielemaker J., Wielinga B. (2004) A Method for Converting Thesauri to RDF/OWL. In: McIlraith S.A., Plexousakis D., van Harmelen F. (eds) The Semantic Web – ISWC 2004. ISWC 2004. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 3298. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

This paper describes a method for converting existing thesauri and related resources from their native format to RDF(S) and OWL. The method identifies four steps in the conversion process. In each step, decisions have to be taken with respect to the syntax or semantics of the resulting representation. Each step is supported through a number of guidelines. The method is illustrated through conversions of two large thesauri: MeSH and WordNet.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark van Assem
    • 1
  • Maarten R. Menken
    • 1
  • Guus Schreiber
    • 1
  • Jan Wielemaker
    • 2
  • Bob Wielinga
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceVrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
  2. 2.Social Science Informatics (SWI)University of Amsterdam 

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