SWD SKOS Primer (Draft)
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This is a wiki draft, and is a work in progress. The content of this document may change without warning at any time. This document has no official status whatsoever within any W3C process.
Notice: Public Working Draft (Feb 21) available at http://www.w3.org/TR/2008/WD-skos-primer-20080221/
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.
January 14, version sent for review by SWD: SKOSPrimer-080114.html
January 24, version sent to answer comments from Margherita and Quentin: SKOSPrimer-080124.html
February 5, version sent to answer comments from Margherita, Quentin, Sean, and taking into account Guus' input: SKOSPrimer-080205.html
February 11, version proposed as first Working Draft. Checked compliance of examples wrt. Turtle: SKOSPrimer-080211.html
February 12, version sent to answer comments from Margherita: SKOSPrimer-080212.html
Editor's drafts after 21 Feb WD:
May 3, version to address Guus' offline comments: SKOSPrimer-080503.html
May 5, minor wordsmithing: SKOSPrimer-080505.html
May 27, version to address Alistair's and Sean's comments and contribution: SKOSPrimer-080527.html
Aug 19, SKOSPrimer-080819.html
Nov 7, version to address issues related to Last Call comments: SKOSPrimer-081107.html
Dec 16, version to address issues 36 and 160: SKOSPrimer-081216.html
Jan 5, version copy-edited by Tom: SKOSPrimer-090105.html
Jan 13, revised draft of SKOS Primer ready for decision to publish as WD: SKOSPrimer-090113.html