UNESCO Thesaurus Published with Semantic Web Standards and Open-Source Software
From the Sparna Blog:
Sparna conducted in 2016 the replacement of the Thesaurus Management Software and thesaurus publication platform for the UNESCO, with Open-Source tools all relying on Semantic Web technologies.
The result is the new UNESCO vocabularies publication platform at http://vocabularies.unesco.org.
The project was conducted in 2 phases : a new thesaurus publication platform based on Skosmos, SKOS Play and Fuseki, and in a second phase the deployment of VocBench as the new Thesaurus Management Software.
The system leverages Semantic Web standards by relying on SKOS as the data exchange format, SPARQL as the online thesaurus query language, and dereferancable URI identifiers.
“The main benefit of this project for us will be to leverage the thesaurus to achieve interoperability between our different repositories, as well as with external datasets. ” concludes Ms Ewketu from UNESCO. “We are currently working on integrating the new thesaurus within the various information systems. Next phase will be mapping our thesaurus with vocabularies such as the UN Thesaurus and Eurovoc.”
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