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9 July 2004

W3C Glossary system updates

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Today, I finally found the time and the motivation to update the W3C Glossary system to make it use the SKOS schema that was developed as part of the W3C SWAD Europe Thesaurus activity; as I said in the related announcemen, this was mostly changing a few namespaces declarations and element names, since the custom RDF Schema that we had developed for the project was so close to SKOS’ one.

Well, of course, it wasn’t as easy as it should have been, since there was always something I had forgot to check in my regexp, but really, it didn’t take more than a couple of hours.

I have the feeling the glossary isn’t known enough in the W3C community, and I’m certainly responsible for it, since I didn’t make any formal announcement to the relevant parties (not even spec-prod!); I guess I should fix that, but it’s not clear that summer is the best period for that. The Technical Plenary would have been a good occasion, if I had prepared a lightning talk on it – oh well…

Now it would be nice if the system supported the SKOS API; next time, maybe.

4 Responses to “W3C Glossary system updates”

  1. eric miller Says:

    Woohoo! Excellent job!


  2. Dan Brickley Says:

    Very nice! :) :)

    Are links to RDF/SKOS downloads available anywhere? Have you done any work on multilingual/translated glossaries that could be expressed in SKOS?

  3. Dominique Hazaël-Massieux Says:

    the RDF/SKOS glossaries are available on W3C site, although they are not linked from anywhere reasonable, I think. Regarding multilingual glossaries, we had made a few attemps using our former schema in combination with xml:lang, and I expect it would work as well with SKOS; but ‘as well’ is not much to say, since relying on xml:lang feels a bit clumsy for modeling a translation relationship…

  4. Alistair Miles Says:

    Nice. Regarding the multilingual problem, the SWAD-E reports on multilingual thesauri and inter-thesaurus mapping may be useful, both linked from here. Feedback on multilingual issues to most welcome!!!

Picture of Dominique Hazael-MassieuxDominique Hazaël-Massieux ( is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Staff; his interests cover a number of Web technologies, as well as the usage of open source software in a distributed work environment.