The Value of SKOS for Business Vocabulary Management
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  Joseph Busch   Joseph A Busch
Founder & Principal
Taxonomy Strategies
  Bob DuCharme   Bob DuCharme
Solutions Architect
Top Quadrant


Wednesday, June 6, 2012
08:45 AM - 09:30 AM
Level:  Business/Strategic

Location:  Plaza B

Companies are getting committed to managing the names of entities (people, organizations, places, events and things). The names of products have been managed by corporate communications for years. It's relatively easy to "recognize" product names in brochures or web pages, to mark those entities with URI's and use those URI's to drive customers to product information. The New York Times facets and Library of Congress authorities and vocabularies are making people, organizations, events and other named entities tagged and usable in similar ways. Proprietary solutions have made much of this possible before, but basing your organization of names and associated metadata on an open public standard like SKOS increases the interoperability and flexibility of how you take advantage of this data. Using semantic web standards makes it easy to connect your vocabulary data with other collections within your enterprise, or with others using SKOS on the public web, like those of the New York Times or the Library of Congress.

• Managed vocabularies help organizations make money, save money and stay out of jail.
• SKOS enables common vocabularies to be used in multiple applications in your organization.
• Open public standards enable you to incorporate freely available public vocabularies into your organization.
• SKOS helps attract external traffic to your published content.

Joseph A Busch is the Founder and Principal consultant of Taxonomy Strategies. He is a knowledge leader in metadata frameworks and taxonomy strategies for global companies, government agencies, and NGO’s. He was a Senior Principal at Project Performance Corporation (PPC), and a principal of the start-up company Metacode that was sold to the content management company Interwoven in 2001. (Interwoven is now owned by Autonomy). Mr. Busch is an authority in the field of information science, a Past President of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (, and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative ( He is a frequent speaker on metadata, taxonomy, semantic technologies, indexing, classification research, information retrieval and other information management topics.

Bob Ducharme is Solutions Architect at TopQuadrant, a leading software company in the Semantic Web world. He has been involved in semantic web work since 2002. He came there from Innodata Isogen, where he did system and architecture analysis and design for a wide range of global publishing clients as well as co-chairing the 2008 Linked Data Planet conference in New York City. Bob is the author of Learning SPARQL from O'Reilly Media, XSLT Quickly from Manning Publications, XML: The Annotated Specification and SGML CD from Prentice Hall, and Operating Systems Handbook from McGraw Hill. Bob has written for Nodalities Magazine, O'Reilly Network's, Dr. Dobb's Journal, and IBM developerWorks. He received his BA in Religion from Columbia University and his Masters in Computer Science from New York University. In the newsletter, editor Kendall Clark once wrote "Does anyone write tech prose as clear as Bob?"

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