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Re: ANN: Skosify 0.1 - converting RDFS/OWL/SKOS into proper SKOS

From: Jim McCusker <james.mccusker@yale.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 May 2011 11:04:22 -0400
Message-ID: <BANLkTikqBhssgxfWg9jaFUF1oQCGam4Xmg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Osma Suominen <osma.suominen@tkk.fi>
Cc: public-esw-thes@w3.org
On a related note, I have created a similar tool for converting OWL
classes into SKOS concepts: http://owltoskos.googlecode.com. The focus
is a little different, intended to convert concept-oriented ontologies
like NCI Thesaurus into SKOS representations.


On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 8:00 AM, Osma Suominen <osma.suominen@tkk.fi> wrote:
> Dear SKOS enthusiasts
> I'm happy to announce Skosify, a new tool for creating and improving SKOS
> vocabularies. It was created to allow easy conversion of thesauri and
> thesaurus-like ontologies from various RDF, OWL and "mostly-SKOS" formats
> into good quality SKOS.
> The program is a command line tool that accepts any RDF file as input and
> tries hard to make it conform to SKOS conventions. Optionally, it can map
> RDFS/OWL Classes into SKOS concepts and hierarchical rdfs:subClassOf
> relationships into skos:broader/skos:narrower relationships. It also
> performs some structural validation on the result and attempts to fix many
> common problems.
> The first public release, version 0.1, has just been released on the Google
> Code project site [1] together with documentation in the wiki [2]. The code
> is open source, using the permissive MIT license. The tool is implemented in
> Python (using rdflib) and developed on Linux, but should work on other
> platforms as well.
> The tool is currently being used to produce public, downloadable SKOS
> versions of some Finnish ontologies developed in the FinnONTO projects,
> including the Finnish General Upper Ontology and the KOKO ontology [3].
> I'm happy to hear any comments, requests for improvements or other feedback
> from potential users.
> Best regards,
> Osma Suominen
> PS. I chose the name Skosify as it seemed not to be in wide use, though
> there were a couple of scripts with that name. The ones I found seemed to be
> very specific converters for individual vocabularies rather than general
> purpose tools. Apologies if the name causes any clashes or misconceptions.
> [1] http://code.google.com/p/skosify/
> [2] http://code.google.com/p/skosify/wiki/GettingStarted
> [3] http://onki.fi/en/browser/
> --
> Osma Suominen | Osma.Suominen@tkk.fi | +358 40 5255 882
> Aalto University, Department of Media Technology, Semantic Computing
> Research Group
> Room 2541, Otaniementie 17, Espoo, Finland; P.O. Box 15500, FI-00076 Aalto,
> Finland

Jim McCusker
Programmer Analyst
Krauthammer Lab, Pathology Informatics
Yale School of Medicine
james.mccusker@yale.edu | (203) 785-6330

PhD Student
Tetherless World Constellation
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
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