Taxonomy, ontology, folksonomies & SKOS.


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Taxonomy, ontology, folksonomies & SKOS.

  1. 1. Taxonomy, Ontology,Folksonomies, andSKOSA presentation by Janet Leu for LIS 882 1
  2. 2. Taxonomy• The word “Taxonomy” is derived from two Greek stems : taxis and nomos.• Taxis – the arrangement or ordering of things• Nomos – anything assigned, usage or custom, law or ordinance.• Taxonomy is a subject-based classification that arranges the terms in a controlled vocabulary , and allows related terms to be grouped together and categorized in ways that make it easier to find the correct term to use.• Taxonomy is useful when searching for, or describing, an 2 object.
  3. 3. A taxonomy is a kind of knowledge map. 3 Chart taken from:
  4. 4. Taxonomy = Knowledge Map• A good taxonomy means the user can immediately understand the overall structure or knowledge domain covered by the taxonomy.• A good taxonomy is also comprehensive, predictable, and easy to navigate. There is always a hierarchy and controlled vocabulary.• The user will be able to accurately anticipate what types of resources they might find where.• A taxonomy is semantic in the sense that it describes relationships between terms in the taxonomy. 4
  5. 5. Another example of taxonomy• We start with a generalized term, and keep getting more and more specific.• Almost anything may be classified according to some taxonomic scheme, as long as there’s a logical 5 hierarchy.
  6. 6. Ontology• Ontology is the study of the categories of things that exist or may exist in some domain. It’s the exact description of things and their relationships.• An ontology is a formal specification of a shared conceptualization (as defined by Tom Gruber).• In a philosophical sense, ontology is the study of entology and their relations. “What kinds of things can exist or can exist in the world, and what matter of relations can those things have to each other? Ontology is less concerned about what is than what is possible.” (as defined by Clay Shirky from• Ontologies are considered one of the pillars of the Semantic Web. After an ontology is developed, it is used, reused, maintained, and related to other ontologies. Ontologies should be designed with 6 these tasks in mind.
  7. 7. Modularization of Ontologies • Upper, generic, top-level ontology describes general knowledge, such as what is time and what is space. • Domain ontology describes a domain, such as publishing or archives domain. • Task ontology is ontology suitable for a particular task, such as creating a DC record in XML. • Application ontology is developed for a specific application, such as assembling personal computers. 7
  8. 8. OWL – Web Ontology Language • OWL is a Semantic Web Language (or, a Semantic Web Ontology) designed to represent rich, complex things, groups of things, and relationships between things. • OWL is built on top of RDF • OWL is for processing information on the web • OWL is written in XML • OWL is a WC3 standard designed to be interpreted by computers, and not to be 8 read by people.
  9. 9. An example of OWL with an RDF graph from ( example, Pizza OWL ontology expressed in RDFtriples(subject, predicate, object):@prefix :<> . @prefix rdf:<>.@prefix rdfs: <>.@prefix owl: <> .:Pizza rdfs:subClassOf [ a owl:Restriction ; owl:onProperty:hasBase ; owl:someValuesFrom :PizzaBase ] ;owl:disjointWith :PizzaBase .:NonVegetarianPizza owl:equivalentClass [owl:intersectionOf ( [owl:complementOf:VegetarianPizza] :Pizza ) ] . :isIngredientOf aowl:TransitiveProperty , owl:ObjectProperty ;owl:inverseOf :hasIngredient . 9
  10. 10. Folksonomies• Folksonomies is a user-driven approach to organizing information.• Websites with folksonomies include two basic functions: users can add “tags” to information and create navigational links out of those tags to help users find and organize that information later.• Folksonomies address two disadvantages with taxonomies, in that the information within folksonomies is organized and maintained by users, so very little work has to be done by the designers after initially setting up the tagging system.• Taxonomies can be time-consuming and expensive for design teams to implement. As a result, there may be broken taxonomies until the there is a complete redesign, and taxonomies may fail to reflect the language of users if they are not fully tested with the target population. 10• Folksonomies improve usability and decrease support costs.
  11. 11. Websites that use Folksonomies.• Flickr•• Wordpress• Tumblr• Blogspot• Blogger 11
  12. 12. Folksonomies vs traditional classification Folksonomies Traditional classification• Doesn’t have structured • Has structured hierarchical organization hierarchical organization• Created by users • Created by• Utilizes a organizational staff decentralized, collaborati ve view • Proposes an authoritative centralized• By definition, tagging systems lack precision view and currently do not • Has a high precision and provide synonym aims to avoid ambiguity control. 12
  13. 13. Pros and cons of Folksonomies PROS CONS• Great for serendipity and • Not aimed at a target browsing approach or search• Relational • Not hierarchical• Matches users’ real needs • Sometimes the language isn’t precise enough and language • Doesn’t stress the location• Stresses the learning aspect as much aspect • Tagging is not as reliable as• Tagging is cheaper than a a controlled vocabulary, or controlled vocabulary, and traditional schemes of is better than nothing. classification. 13
  14. 14. SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organization Systems)• A common data model for sharing and linking knowledge organization systems over the Web.• Many knowledge organization systems, such as taxonomies and subject heading systems, share a similar structure and are used in similar applications.• SKOS captures this similarity and makes it explicit, to enable data and technology sharing across diverse applications.• SKOS also provides a standard, low-cost migration path for porting existing knowledge organization systems to the Semantic Web.• May be used on its own, or in combination with formal knowledge representation languages, like OWL. 14
  15. 15. SKOS can be used to improve taxonomy. 15 / Sample label relationships in a pre-SKOS taxonomy, from
  16. 16. How SKOS can be used to improve taxonomy, part 2 16
  17. 17. SKOS and LCSH• The MARC21 Authority format distinguishes between authorized (1XX) and non-authorized (4XX) headings.• SKOS vocabulary provides two properties: skos:prefLabel and skos:altLabel.• These two labels allow a concept to be associated with both preferred and alternate natural language labels.• The SKOS vocabulary allows both authorized and non-authorized LCSH headings to be mapped directly to skos:prefLabel and skos:altLabel properties in a straightforward manner.• Semantic relationships in LCSH/MARC easily translated into LCSH/SKOS.• Links in LCSH/MARC use the established heading as references.• In LCSH/SKOS, conceptual resources are linked together by their 17 URIs.
  18. 18. Taxonomy BibliographyGarshol, Lars Marius. (October 26, 2004) Metadata? Thesauri?Taxonomies? Topic Maps! Retrieved from, Michael. (September 10, 2006). Word Senses andTaxonomies. Retrieved from, Patrick. (April 18, 2006). Defining Taxonomy.Retrieved from 18
  19. 19. Ontology Bibliography• Obitko, Marek. Modularization and Ontoligies. Retrieved March 1, 2012, from web/modularization-of-ontologies.html• Ontology. (n.d.). In Semantic Web Wiki. Retrieved March 1, 2012, from• Smith, Michael K., Chris Welty and Deborah L. McGuiness. (February 10, 2004). OWL Web Ontology Language Guide. Retrieved from• Sowa, John F. (November 29, 2010. Ontology. Retrieved from• Welty, Chris. (April 2005). Semantic Web Ontologies. Retrieved from 19
  20. 20. Folksonomies Bibliography• Mathes, Adam. (December 2004). Folksonomies – Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata. Retrieved from mediated-communication/folksonomies.html• Porter, Joshua. (April 26, 2005). Folksonomies: A User-Driven Approach to Organizing Content. Retrieved from• Quintarelli, Emanuele. (June 24, 2005). Folksonomies: Power to the People. Retrieved from• Terdiman, Daniel. (February 1, 2005). Folksonomies Tap People Power. Retrieved from urrentPage=all 20
  21. 21. SKOS Bibliography• DuCharme, Bob. (May 10, 2011). Improve Your Taxonomy Management Using the W3C SKOS Standard. Retrieved from skostaxonomy/• Mikhalenko, Peter. (June 22, 2005). Introducing SKOS. Retrieved from• Miles, Alison, and Sean Bechhofer. (August 18. 2009). SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System Reference. Retrieved from• Summers, Ed., Antoine Isaac, Clay Redding, and Dan Krech. (2008). LCSH, SKOS and Linked Data. Retrieved from 912 21