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Re: SKOS Last Call Working Draft

From: Barbara B Tillett <btil@loc.gov>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 10:36:39 -0400
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To: <public-swd-wg@w3.org>
Cc: "Beacher J E Wiggins" <bwig@loc.gov>, "Elizabeth Dechman" <edec@loc.gov>, "Ed Summers" <edsu@loc.gov>,<tbaker@tbaker.de>

This message is offered in response to the last call on the SKOS Working Draft.

The Library of Congress is exploring the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) and other broadly-usable schemas to support mounting the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) on the World Wide Web to enhance search and discovery.  

We find that the SKOS vocabulary is easily extensible for the purpose of mounting LCSH on the Web.  Out of the box SKOS doesn't provide everything we need in LCSH, but it does provide a core vocabulary that enables interoperability amongst knowledge organization systems, including subject heading systems like LCSH and other specialized thesauri, classification schemes, taxonomies, folksonomies, and other similar types of controlled vocabularies. 

We see a great benefit in SKOS being deeply tied to the architecture of the World Wide Web and to Semantic Web Standards, which presents new vistas for library data.

The Library of Congress supports the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) as a delivery mechanism for library-controlled vocabularies, specifically the Library of Congress Subject Headings.  

Dr. Barbara B. Tillett, Ph.D.
Chief, Policy and Standards Division
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20540-4260

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