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Ontology: Intro to Interoperability Methods to Improve Access to Collections

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Parachute perspective on the functional role Ontology tools now serve in improving access to areas of knowledge that are growing in interdisciplinary complexity. Presentation serves to show big picture role of Ontology for LIS professionals.

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Ontology: Intro to Interoperability Methods to Improve Access to Collections

  1. 1. Looking at Ontology<br />Intro to Interoperability Methods to Improve Access to Discrete Collections<br />LSC 606 Executive Summary E McLean<br />
  2. 2. Current Conditions<br />LSC 606 Executive Summary E McLean<br />
  3. 3. Current Conditions: Foggy<br />Taxonomies<br />Social tagging<br />Natural language processing<br />Thesauri<br />Controlled vocabularies<br />Classification<br />Semantic web<br />RDF<br />DCMI<br />KOS/SKOS<br />Ontology<br />OWL<br />…..STOP!!!<br />LSC 606 Executive Summary E McLean<br />
  4. 4. Concepts, Comparisons and Us<br />Big Picture: Library and Information Centers rope in knowledge or artifact collection attributes with diverse tools and standards in order to:<br /><ul><li>Organize the information,
  5. 5. Provide bibliographic description,</li></ul>….and improve access <br />LSC 606 Executive Summary E McLean<br />
  6. 6. Concepts, Comparisons and Us<br />Big Picture: Library and Information Centers rope in knowledge or artifact collection attributes with diverse tools and standards using:<br />LSC 606 Executive Summary E McLean<br />
  7. 7. Concepts, Comparisons and Us<br />Big Picture: Library and Information Centers rope in knowledge or artifact collection attributes with diverse tools and can use Ontologies to incorporate both Access and Description functions at once for web/data environments:<br />Ontology<br />LSC 606 Executive Summary E McLean<br />
  8. 8. Controlled Vocabulary or Ontology?<br />LSC 606 Executive Summary E McLean<br />
  9. 9. Which brings us to..<br />W3C Semantic Web<br />“Web of data” –Ontology as processing tool interconnecting stand alone data sets <br />Illumination Collection Study<br />Vocabulary interoperability study<br />Wolfram-Alpha <br />Computational knowledge engine that draws on multiple sources to answer user queries directly. http://www.wolframalpha.com/screencast/introducingwolframalpha.html<br />LSC 606 Executive Summary E McLean<br />
  10. 10. Use Studies <br />LSC 606 Executive Summary E McLean<br />
  11. 11. "Semantic" interoperability is based on a precise and correct use of the formal RDF semantics embodied in the RDF graph data model and in RDF-based vocabularies such as DCMI Metadata Terms. Semantics…refers to formally stated relationships between terms and rules for using such statements to draw automatic conclusions (logical inference)s”.<br />Dublin core metadata initiative<br />LSC 606 Executive Summary E McLean<br />

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