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Paper on Converting Thesauri to SKOS

From: Mark van Assem <mark@cs.vu.nl>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2006 17:44:18 +0200
Message-ID: <442959D2.7030808@cs.vu.nl>
To: public-esw-thes@w3.org

Hi all,

Some more input for the planned "uses cases" document. I wrote a paper 
together with Véronique Malaisé, Alistair Miles and Guus Schreiber 
entitled "A Method to Convert Thesauri to SKOS", which has been 
accepted for the ESWC'06 conference.

The link and abstract can be found below.

Thanks go out to all the contributors to the list for all the 
interesting discussions, to Stella Dextre Clarke for providing 
information concerning IPSV, and to Eero Hyvonen for providing 
information on his conversion method.



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 W3Cs 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.

  Mark F.J. van Assem - Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
        markREMOVE@cs.vu.nl - http://www.cs.vu.nl/~mark
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