W3C Semantic Web Deployment Working Group
We are pleased to announce the publication of the SKOS Primer as a W3C
First Public Working Draft:
This is a substantial update to and replacement for the previous SKOS
Core Guide W3C Working Draft dated 2 November 2005 . It is a
companion document to the SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System
Reference W3C Working Draft dated 25 January 2008 .
We ask at this stage feedback and reviews on this draft guide. All
comments are welcome and may be sent to [log in to unmask]; please
include the text "SKOS comment in the subject line. Note especially that
there are a number of open issues, which are indicated in the document.
Please forward this announcement to any other groups which may be
SKOS — Simple Knowledge Organization 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.
This document is an implementors guide for those who would like to
represent their concept scheme using SKOS.
In basic SKOS, conceptual resources (concepts) can be identified using
URIs, labelled with strings in one or more natural languages, documented
with various types of notes, semantically related to each other in
informal hierarchies and association networks, and aggregated into
distinct concept schemes.
In advanced SKOS, conceptual resources can be mapped to conceptual
resources in other schemes and grouped into labelled or ordered
collections. Concept labels can also be related to each other. Finally,
the SKOS vocabulary itself can be extended to suit the needs of
particular communities of practice.
This document is a companion to the SKOS Reference, which gives the
normative reference on SKOS.
For more information on SKOS, the Semantic Web Deployment Working Group,
or the W3C Semantic Web Activity, please see the following links: