Web Services for Economics

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STW Web Services

Name of the tool: STW Web Services
Home page: STW Web Services
Date of latest release:
Programming language(s) that can be used with the tool: every language able to deal with JSON and/or XML over the web
Relevant semantic web technologies: RDF, SKOS, SPARQL
Categories: API
See also:
Public mailing list:
Preferred project URI: http://zbw.eu/beta/stw-ws
DOAP reference:
Company or institution: ZBW - Leibniz Centre for Economics

(Tool description last modified on 2011-11-10.)


As the publisher of the STW Thesaurus for Economics, the ZBW - Leibniz Centre for Economics provides experimental thesaurus web services for use by humans and by machines. In the first instance these services are designed to support query expansion in the context of information retrieval applications.

Within our own applications, particularly these services proved useful:

  • /suggest - for feeding autosuggest boxes; suggestions resulting from SKOS altLabels and prefLabels linking to SKOS concepts (example)
  • /suggest2 - dito, for large datasets with lots of similar entries, e.g. personal name authority of scientists in economics (example)
  • /combined 1 - Combined information for retrieval services, delivers terms and SKOS concepts for arbitrary query strings (enriched by narrower and related concepts)