SKOS can handle a variety of knowledge systems including
classification schemes, subject heading systems, thesauri, etc.
As a real world example, the Library of Congress is apparently looking
at representing LCSH in SKOS.
On Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 6:07 PM, Jon Phipps <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hi Yitzchak,
> Probably the quickest explanation is to look at the first few slides
> from a presentation that I gave on SKOS at the Open Forum on Metadata
> Registries last year...
> Currently, SKOS is headed towards being a W3C recommendation. There's
> a new RFC draft of the SKOS Primer...
> From the new primer: "SKOS — Simple Knowledge Organisation System —
> provides a model for expressing the basic structure and content of
> concept schemes such as thesauri, classification schemes, subject
> heading lists, taxonomies, folksonomies, and other types of
> controlled vocabulary. As an application of the Resource Description
> Framework (RDF) SKOS allows concepts to be documented, linked and
> merged with other data, while still being composed, integrated and
> published on the World Wide Web."
> But comparing SKOS to other projects in Libraryland is liable to be
> anything but quick, imho. There are other standard methods for
> describing thesauri and vocabularies (Z39.19, ISO2788/5964, BS8723 --
> and see http://www.w3c.rl.ac.uk/SWAD/thes_links.htm), but none that
> I'm aware of that are as rdf-centric as SKOS.
> Hope this gives you a better place to start,
> Jon Phipps
> Cornell University Library
> On Mar 4, 2008, at 9:55 AM, Yitzchak Schaffer wrote:
> > Greetings all:
> > Many thanks to all the presenters for a great conference!
> > One thing that people kept mentioning was SKOS. That was a duhh point
> > for me; I just took a look at the w3.org and Wikipedia pages on it,
> > but
> > it doesn't look like something I can spend time trying to figure out
> > right now. Does anyone have a quick explanation comparing this to
> > other
> > projects/concepts in Libraryland?
> > Many thanks,
> > --
> > Yitzchak Schaffer
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