27 pawns ready for action. A multi-indicator methodology and evaluation of thesaurus management tools from a LOD perspective Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2017

start page

  • 99

end page

  • 119

issue

  • 1

volume

  • 35

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0737-8831

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2054-166X

abstract

  • Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to propose a methodology for assessing thesauri and other controlled vocabularies management tools that can represent content using the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) data model, and their use in a Linked Open Data (LOD) paradigm. It effectively analyses selected set of tools in order to prove the validity of the method.Design/methodology/approach - A set of 27 criteria grouped in five evaluation indicators is proposed and applied to ten vocabulary management applications which are compliant with the SKOS data model. Previous studies of controlled vocabulary management software are gathered and analyzed, to compare the evaluation parameters used and the results obtained for each tool.Findings &- The results indicate that the tool that obtains the highest score in every indicator is Poolparty. The second and third tools are, respectively, TemaTres and Intelligent Theme Manager, but scoring lower in most of the evaluation items. The use of a broad set of criteria to evaluate vocabularies management tools gives satisfactory results. The set of five indicators and 27 criteria proposed here represents a useful evaluation system in the selection of current and future tools to manage vocabularies.Research limitations/implications &- The paper only assesses the ten most important/well know software tools applied for thesaurus and vocabulary management until October 2016. However, the evaluation criteriacould be applied to new software that could appear in the future to create/manage SKOS vocabularies in compliance with LOD standards.Originality/value &- The originality of this paper relies on the proposed indicators and criteria to evaluate vocabulary management tools. Those criteria and indicators can be valuable also for future software thatmight appear. The indicators are also applied to the most exhaustive and qualified list of this kind of tools....

keywords

  • linked open data; software evaluation; vocabularies; semantic web; skos/rdf; thesaurus management tools; software