SKOS for Business Vocabulary Management
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  Bob DuCharme   Bob DuCharme
Solutions Architect
  Scott Henninger   Scott Henninger
Platform Product Manager
TopQuadrant, Inc.


Monday, June 4, 2012
08:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Level:  Business/Strategic

Location:  Franciscan A

The W3C standard Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) is built on other semantic web standards such as OWL and RDF, but it can provide an easier entry point to the use of this technology than these more generalized standards if your focus is vocabulary data and metadata management. In addition to being a W3C standard, SKOS provides additional advantages over earlier approaches to vocabulary and taxonomy data management approaches such as greater interoperability and easier internationalization and extensibility. This tutorial will provide an introduction to what SKOS can do for you and how a SKOS-based system can let you take advantage of other semantic web standards--when you're ready for them. We'll look at:

• Business problems addressed by SKOS

• What data you can track with SKOS, and how to customize that

• SKOS's place among vocabulary and taxonomy management standards

• SKOS's place among other semantic web standards

• Tools that can take advantage of SKOS data

• Steps you can take to get started using SKOS

Bob DuCharme is a Semantic Web guy at TopQuadrant, a provider of software for modeling, developing, and deploying Semantic Web applications. In the newsletter, editor Kendall Clark once wrote, "Does anyone write tech prose as clear as Bob?" Bob received his B.A. in Religion from Columbia University and his Master's in Computer Science from New York University. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Dr. Scott Henninger is the Platform Product Manager at TopQuadrant where he is responsible for product development and support for the TopBraid Suite. Leveraging his specialties in information retrieval and technology development and bringing over a decade of experience in technology education, Scott has contributed to the design and delivery of TopQuadrant’s highly successful training series for over two years. Before joining TopQuadrant, Scott was a professor of Computer Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he spent 15 years researching and teaching advanced Web-based technologies, software engineering and human-computer interaction. He holds a PhD in Computer Science specializing in Information Retrieval, Software Engineering and Cognitive Science from the University of Colorado-Boulder

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