Testimonials for SKOS Recommendation

These testimonials are in support of the W3C Press Release "From Chaos, Order: SKOS Helps Organize Knowledge".

Computas AS

Computas AS has already delivered commercial projects based on SKOS. Without being a member of the Working Group, the early work we saw instilled great confidence in the process. With the promotion of SKOS to a Recommendation, it has delivered on its promise. Computas AS has also performed an evaluation of SKOS vs. another W3C technology, OWL (which has also been used in commercial projects), and found that there are many cases where SKOS is the right tool for the job and indeed a great one too.

— Kjetil Kjernsmo, Senior Knowledge Engineer, Computas AS

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress welcomes the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) reaching W3C recommendation status. We expect SKOS to play a role in helping the Library express and relate terms and concepts within its controlled vocabularies, authorities, classification schemes, and thesauri in a Web-ready, interoperable manner. Via our SKOS-based implementation of the _Library of Congress Subject Headings_ within the Authorities & Vocabularies service at http://id.loc.gov, we have demonstrated that implementing SKOS can pay dividends in both current and future metadata services within libraries. Reaching W3C recommendation status cements SKOS as a valuable and viable standard.
— Sally H. McCallum, Chief, Network Development and MARC Standards Office, Library of Congress

W3C Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group

In the Terminology task force of the Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLSIG), we are actively involved in the representation of existing biomedical vocabularies, such as SNOMED and the Gene Ontology, in SKOS so that their concepts can be integrated into our applications. Putting these vocabularies into a Semantic Web context has generally meant producing an OWL representation. Despite the power of OWL, the task of community scale agreement on even basic axiomatic OWL definitions as a primary knowledge resource requires deep and widespread understanding of OWL semantics to succeed. SKOS provides a new level of knowledge representation at the lexical level rather than the semantic, where community agreement on terms and the relationships between concepts is already in the grasp of expert communities. We feel that there will be a shift to SKOS as the de- facto standard for representing biomedical terminologies because of the standard way of describing components of vocabularies that it provides.
— Andrew Gibson, M. Scott Marshall (University of Amsterdam), John Madden (Duke University) for W3C Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group (HCLSIG)

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