SKOS-based Semantic Terminology Services

April 22, 2008

{distilled from a posting by Doug Tudhope (University of Glamorgan) to the SKOS mailing list}
The STAR project has developed a pilot set of semantic web services, based upon the SKOS Core data model for thesauri and related knowledge organization systems. The services currently provide term look up across the thesauri held in the system, along with browsing and semantic concept expansion within a chosen thesaurus. This allows search to be augmented by SKOS-based vocabulary and semantic resources (assuming the services are used in conjunction with a search system).

In combination with a search system, the services allow queries to be expanded (automatically or interactively) by synonyms or by expansion over the SKOS semantic relationships. Expansion is based on a measure of ‘semantic closeness’. Anyone interested is welcome to inspect the API or download a client demonstrator, which is currently configured to operate with a subset of English Heritage thesauri.

The work is ongoing and the researchers welcome any feedback or interest in collaboration on developing an API to support a rich range of SKOS use cases.

Downloads and further details can be found at the Hypermedia Research Unit web site.