SKOS: a guide for information professionals: a guide to representing structured controlled vocabularies in the Simple Knowledge Organization System

Jane Frazier

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Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) and associated web technologies aim to enable preexisting controlled vocabularies to be consumed on the web and to allow vocabulary creators to publish born-digital vocabularies on the web.

This guide allows catalogers, librarians, and other information professionals to understand and use SKOS, a World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standard designed for the representation of controlled vocabularies, to be consumed within the web environment.

The guide includes a brief history of classification technologies, the history of SKOS, and an examination of SKOS within the context of related technology standards like eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and Resource Description Framework (RDF). Following a discussion of the elements and syntax of the SKOS vocabulary, the guide covers various integrity conditions that are used as a guideline for best practices in constructing SKOS vocabularies. The guide then examines past literature, highlighting the conversion, validation, improvement, and automatic generation of SKOS vocabularies. The final section discusses future directions that SKOS development might take.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAmerican Library Association
Number of pages13
Place of PublicationUSA
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


  • Simple Knowledge Organisation System
  • Vocabularies

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