Searching and exploring controlled vocabularies

Gray, A. J.G., Gray, N. and Ounis, I. (2009) Searching and exploring controlled vocabularies. In: Exploiting Semantic Annotations in Information Retreival Workshop (ESAIR 2009), Barcelona, Spain, 09 Feb 2009, pp. 1-5. ISBN 9781605584300 (doi: 10.1145/1506250.1506252)

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Within most domains of discourse, there exists different terminology used by distinct sub-groups. Often the terms used can be, or have already been, organised into controlled vocabularies which can be encoded into SKOS, a W3C standard for representing vocabularies. This terminology can then be used to help users to search for and discover resources. This requires a search mechanism to go from a user-supplied string to a vocabulary concept. In this paper, we discuss the issues encountered in developing a web service for searching and exploring the concepts in SKOS encoded astronomical vocabularies. Our prototype service takes in a query and responds with the concepts which are the "best match". It then supports the user in exploring the concepts' formal definition and alternative forms, as well as their relationship to other concepts. When we add mappings between the concepts in different vocabularies (where available), these further enrich the explorations of vocabulary concepts.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ounis, Professor Iadh and Gray, Dr Alasdair and Gray, Dr Norman
Authors: Gray, A. J.G., Gray, N., and Ounis, I.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy

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