International Journal on Digital Libraries

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 49–61 | Cite as

A sharing-oriented design strategy for networked knowledge organization systems

  • Ryan Shaw
  • Adam Rabinowitz
  • Patrick Golden
  • Eric Kansa


Designers of networked knowledge organization systems often follow a service-oriented design strategy, assuming an organizational model where one party outsources clearly delineated business processes to another party. But the logic of outsourcing is a poor fit for some knowledge organization practices. When knowledge organization is understood as a process of exchange among peers, a sharing-oriented design strategy makes more sense. As an example of a sharing-oriented strategy for designing networked knowledge organization systems, we describe the design of the PeriodO period gazetteer. We analyze the PeriodO data model, its representation using JavaScript Object Notation-Linked Data, and the management of changes to the PeriodO dataset. We conclude by discussing why a sharing-oriented design strategy is appropriate for organizing scholarly knowledge.


NKOS Periodization Service-oriented architecture  Semantic web JSON-LD 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ryan Shaw
    • 1
  • Adam Rabinowitz
    • 2
  • Patrick Golden
    • 1
  • Eric Kansa
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Information and Library ScienceThe University of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  2. 2.Department of ClassicsThe University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  3. 3.Open ContextUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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