Ed, thanks for the pointer to this. It does indeed look to be
something libraries should get involved with.
> Using SKOS, conceptual resources can be identified using URIs,
> labeled with lexical strings in one or more natural
> languages,documented with various types of note, linked to each
> other and organized into informal hierarchies and association
> networks, aggregated into concept schemes, and mapped to conceptual
> resources in other schemes. In addition, labels can be related to
> each other, and conceptual resources can be grouped into labeled and/
> or ordered collections.
On Jan 30, 2008, at 9:21 PM, Ed Summers wrote:
> Just a quick heads up about the Simple Knowledge Organization System
> (SKOS) Reference was just released as a W3C Public Working Draft .
> I apologize if you've already seen this announcement elsewhere.
> SKOS is aimed at making a range of knowledge organization systems
> (classification schemes, thesauri, subject heading lists,
> folksonomies) available on the web in a machine readable form--so it's
> really quite relevant to libraries, archives and museums.
> This is a public working draft so the SKOS folks are looking for
> feedback on this document. Details on where to send comments are below
> in the official announcement. The SKOS Reference is a normative
> reference so it may seem a bit deeply technical. There is also a
> Primer in the works that is aiming to be more of an entry point for
> people who are new to SKOS.
>  http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-skos-reference-20080125/
> W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group
> We are pleased to announce the publication of the SKOS Reference as a
> W3C First Public Working Draft:
> This is a substantial update to and replacement for the previous SKOS
> Core Vocabulary Specification W3C Working Draft dated 2 November 2005
> We ask at this stage feedback and reviews on this draft specification.
> All comments are welcome and may be sent to [log in to unmask];
> include the text "SKOS comment" in the subject line. Note especially
> that there are a number of open issues, which are indicated in the
> document. Please forward this announcement to any other groups which
> be interested.
> This document defines the Simple Knowledge Organization System
> (SKOS), a
> common data model for sharing and linking knowledge organization
> via the Semantic Web.
> Many knowledge organization systems, such as thesauri, taxonomies,
> classification schemes and subject heading systems, share a similar
> structure, and are used in similar applications. SKOS captures much of
> this similarity and makes it explicit, to enable data and technology
> sharing across diverse applications.
> The SKOS data model provides a standard, low-cost migration path for
> porting existing knowledge organization systems to the Semantic Web.
> SKOS also provides a light weight, intuitive language for developing
> sharing new knowledge organization systems. It may be used on its own,
> or in combination with formal knowledge representation languages
> such as
> the Web Ontology language (OWL).
> This document is the normative specification of the Simple Knowledge
> Organization System. It is intended for readers who are involved in
> design and implementation of information systems, and who already
> have a
> good understanding of Semantic Web technology, especially RDF and OWL.
> For an informative guide to using SKOS, see the upcoming SKOS Primer.
> For more information on SKOS, the Semantic Web Deployment Working
> or the W3C Semantic Web Activity, please see the following links:
> Kind regards,
>  http://www.w3.org/TR/2005/WD-swbp-skos-core-spec-20051102/
> Alistair Miles
> Research Associate
> Science and Technology Facilities Council Rutherford Appleton
> Harwell Science and Innovation Campus Didcot Oxfordshire OX11 0QX
> Web: http://purl.org/net/aliman
> Email: [log in to unmask]
> Tel: +44 (0)1235 445440