The current state of SKOS vocabularies on the Web

Presented at: 9th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2012)

by Nor Azlinayati Abdul Manaf, Sean Bechhofer, Robert Stevens

We survey the current state of SKOS vocabularies on the Web. We identified 478 SKOS vocabularies, which were gathered through collections and web crawling. Analyses were then conducted that included investigation of the use of SKOS constructs; the use of SKOS semantic relations and lexical labels; and the structure of vocabularies in terms of the hierarchical and associative relations, branching factors and the depth of the vocabularies. Almost one-third of the SKOS vocabularies collected fall into the term lists category, with no use of any SKOS semantic relations. As concept labelling is core to SKOS vocabularies, a surprising find is that not all SKOS vocabularies use SKOS lexical labels, whether skos:prefLabel or skos:altLabel, for their concepts. The survey results can serve to provide a better understanding of the modelling styles of the SKOS vocabularies published on the Web, especially when considering the creation of applications that utilize these vocabularies.

Keywords: SKOS constructs usage, SKOS vocabularies, branching factors, vocabulary structure

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