VocBench: A Web Application for Collaborative Development of Multilingual Thesauri

  • Armando Stellato
  • Sachit Rajbhandari
  • Andrea Turbati
  • Manuel Fiorelli
  • Caterina Caracciolo
  • Tiziano Lorenzetti
  • Johannes Keizer
  • Maria Teresa Pazienza
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9088)


We introduce VocBench, an open source web application for editing thesauri complying with the SKOS and SKOS-XL standards. VocBench has a strong focus on collaboration, supported by workflow management for content validation and publication. Dedicated user roles provide a clean separation of competences, addressing different specificities ranging from management aspects to vertical competences on content editing, such as conceptualization versus terminology editing. Extensive support for scheme management allows editors to fully exploit the possibilities of the SKOS model, as well as to fulfill its integrity constraints. We discuss thoroughly the main features of VocBench, detail its architecture, and evaluate it under both a functional and user-appreciation ground, through a comparison with state-of-the-art and user questionnaires analysis, respectively. Finally, we provide insights on future developments.


Collaborative thesaurus management SKOS SKOS-XL 



This research has been partially supported by the EU funded projects SemaGrow ( under grant agreement no: 318497, and AgInfra ( under grant agreement: RI- 283770.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Armando Stellato
    • 1
  • Sachit Rajbhandari
    • 2
  • Andrea Turbati
    • 1
  • Manuel Fiorelli
    • 1
  • Caterina Caracciolo
    • 2
  • Tiziano Lorenzetti
    • 1
  • Johannes Keizer
    • 2
  • Maria Teresa Pazienza
    • 1
  1. 1.ART Group, Department of Enterprise EngineeringUniversity of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.The Food and Agricultural Organization of UN (FAO)RomeItaly

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