ASIST Workshop 2010

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ASIST, October 22, 2010, COMPLETED

Morning Session slides: Media:Workshop_presentation_Oct_14hw.ppt

The ASIST HIVE workshop consists of two sessions.

Semantic web technologies and approaches provide innovative means for organizing, describing, and managing digital resources in a range of formats, including digital data. Successful implementation and use of semantic web technologies requires both information professionals and system developers to become knowledgeable about the underlying intellectual construct and roadmap toward forming a semantic web. Also, imperative, is the need to understand the capabilities promoted by semantic web enabling technologies, and their potential impact in the workplace.

The IMLS-funded Helping Interdisciplinary Vocabulary Engineering (HIVE) project has been addressing these needs and learning goals by working with the W3C’s Simple Knowledge Organization Systems (SKOS) in the linked data environment. HIVE has been implemented using semantic web enabling technologies and machine learning to provide a solution to the traditional controlled vocabulary problems of cost, interoperability, and usability. Current HIVE vocabulary partners include the Library of Congress, the Getty Research Institute, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The HIVE vocabulary server supports dynamic access to multiple SKOS encoded vocabularies (maintained by vocabulary partners), and automatically generates subject metadata, enriching resource descriptions with linked data vocabulary. The SKOS-2-HIVE seminar focuses on using semantic web technologies for representing and describing interdisciplinary collections, with a strong emphasis on the basic understanding and usage of SKOS, linked data, and the HIVE library of open source applications. Seminar components will address the conceptual design of structured vocabularies, including a range of semantic relationships; domain representation and issues central to identifying useful vocabularies; the application of basic SKOS tags; techniques underlying the HIVE vocabulary server for enriching digital resource descriptions; and steps for implementing a HIVE server.

Part 1, 8:30am-12:30pm

Overview This session addresses traditional thesaural concepts and the extension of these concepts via SKOS/linked data, HIVE and the semantic web.

Audience This seminar targets information professionals (librarians, archivists, museum professional, web architects, and others); system developers; and students seeking knowledge about the basic framework and conceptual aspect of vocabulary design.

Prerequisites Have a basic understanding of subject metadata creation or subject cataloging.

Learning Outcomes -Evaluate controlled vocabulary, thesauri, and ontologies that would best fit your information environment’s needs. -Identify basic thesaural relationships including: relative, associative and hierarchical. -Use basic SKOS tags to identify the above thesaural relationships. -Become familiar with using the HIVE software and the HIVE processes.

Part 2, 1:30pm-5:30pm

Overview This session provides details on the HIVE system, underlying algorithms, source code, and the library of system features.

Audience System developers, as well as technologists, librarians, and information scientists who are interested in the technological side of the semantic web, and who may be implementing, experiments with, and/or extending HIVE technologies.

Prerequisites Java programming, and object oriented design.

Learning Outcomes -Understand the architecture of the HIVE vocabulary server. -Become familiar with information retrieval techniques and how HIVE applies them to vocabulary terms. -Gain experience indexing documents with HIVE and KEA (a machine learning application). -Learn how to integrate HIVE vocabulary services into other tools. -Learn how to use the SPARQL language for querying content in HIVE.