ASIS&T 2013 Annual Meeting 
Montréal, Québec, Canada | November 1-5, 2013

Maximizing the Usage of Value Vocabularies in the Linked Data Ecosystem

Marcia L. Zeng, Kent State University
Edward T. O’Neill, OCLC Research
Jeff Mixter, OCLC Research
Maja Žumer, University of Ljubljana
Xia Lin, Drexel University

Tuesday, 8:30am


The creation of knowledge organization systems (KOS) such as taxonomies, thesaurus, ontologies, and name authorities involve tremendous intellectual efforts and have to meet the requirements of user, literary, and institutional warrants. They are considered as semantic assets and have been playing an important role in the modern information age. With the rapid development of Linked Data, KOS’s functioning as value vocabularies has become fundamental in interlinking the values of discrete datasets. How to build on the existing value vocabularies and maximize their usage is a critical issue and directly relates to the costeffectiveness and the sustainability of a vocabulary as well as the datasets using it. This panel will focus on maximizing the usage of existing value vocabularies around the life-cycle of a vocabulary in the Linked Data Ecosystem, including: (1) Transforming a subject heading vocabulary into a schema fully compatible with machine processing while also being easier to understand; (2) Using other Linked Data vocabularies to enrich and add details to each of the terms in a value vocabulary; (3) Evaluating vocabularies according to the nature of a vocabulary, its usage in collections, and the market; (4) Managing and sharing KOS through registries and microdata using a metadata application profile; and (5) Designing and developing tools to connect Meaningful Concept Displays (MCDs) to multiple KOS and search systems, focusing on visualization approaches and new browsing styles.