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A Method to Convert Thesauri to SKOS

  • Mark van Assem
  • Véronique Malaisé
  • Alistair Miles
  • Guus Schreiber
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4011)

Abstract

Thesauri can be useful resources for indexing and retrieval on the Semantic Web, but often they are not published in RDF/OWL. To convert thesauri to RDF for use in Semantic Web applications and to ensure the quality and utility of the conversion a structured method is required. Moreover, if different thesauri are to be interoperable without complicated mappings, a standard schema for thesauri is required. This paper presents a method for conversion of thesauri to the SKOS RDF/OWL schema, which is a proposal for such a standard under development by W3C’s Semantic Web Best Practices Working Group. We apply the method to three thesauri: IPSV, GTAA and MeSH. With these case studies we evaluate our method and the applicability of SKOS for representing thesauri.

Keywords

Data Item Node Label Prefer Term Compound Term Prefer Concept 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark van Assem
    • 1
  • Véronique Malaisé
    • 1
  • Alistair Miles
    • 2
  • Guus Schreiber
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceVrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
  2. 2.Business and Information Technology DepartmentCCLRC Rutherford Appleton LaboratoryOxfordshireUK

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