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Make Me A Structured Vocabulary Or I'll Make One For You

The Society of American Archivists released the Thesaurus for Use in College and University Archives as an electronic publication this week. Specifically, it was issued as a series of PDF files. Is this data stored in some sort of structured format somewhere? If so, it's not available directly from the SAA site. There's no good reason why TUCUA shouldn't be converted to structured, linkable data, expressed using SKOS, the Simple Knowledge Organization System. It's not like I need another project, but I'm sure I could write some scraper to harvest the terms out of the PDF, and while I'm at it, I could write one to also harvest the Glossary of Archival Terminology. Someone, please stop me. I really don't need another project.

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  • πŸ’¬ Ed Summers at February 21, 2009, 20:46 UTC:

    Awesome idea ... lets make this happen at c4l09?

  • πŸ’¬ M.A. Matienzo at February 21, 2009, 20:49 UTC:

    That's what I like to hear, Ed!

  • πŸ’¬ Jeanne Kramer-Smyth at February 22, 2009, 09:04 UTC:

    Maybe you can post it via a TemaTres install? http://www.r020.com.ar/tema...

    TemaTres provides all the elements you need for a thesaurus along with providing full export in Zthes (XML), SKOS-Core (RDF) and Topic Map. There is also some sort of Web Service available (though service spec is still only in Spanish).

  • πŸ’¬ Kate Bowers at February 24, 2009, 05:35 UTC:

    M.A. Matienzo took the simple expedient of asking... and the answer is yes.

  • πŸ’¬ kentsin at March 4, 2009, 14:24 UTC:

    Since we are in the internet, I would like to suggest trying to make a multi-lingual one like Eurovoc.

    Of cause, their software might not suitable for us, however, some kinds of wikipedia setup will likely work.

    I think make a start on English. Setup the goal and guidelines, then make a small test.

    It will be very very useful.

  • πŸ’¬ diego at March 27, 2009, 21:46 UTC:

    Hi, my name is diego and I'm tematres developer :-). May be I can aid... but I need an formal or idented version of thesarus. There are one?

    For test, tematres 1.03 is available for TemaTres: http://www.r020.com.ar/tema...

    Some examples of web services exploit: http://www.r020.com.ar/tema...

  • πŸ’¬ Kate Bowers at March 29, 2009, 06:08 UTC:

    It's nice to see continued interest in the thesaurus. Please keep your eyes on the publisher, the Society of American Archivists, for developments.

  • πŸ’¬ diego at September 30, 2009, 20:35 UTC:

    I found this initiative to do that from Society of American Archivists Records Management Roundtable: http://mdrive.lib.byu.edu/t...

  • πŸ’¬ diego at September 30, 2009, 20:36 UTC:

    I found this initiative to do that from Society of American Archivists Records Management Roundtable: Functions Thesaurus, a Thesaurus for functions related to records management and archives.

  • πŸ’¬ diego at May 31, 2010, 19:26 UTC:

    Hi, there are available an TemaTres version of Thesaurus for Use in College and University Archives at http://vocabularyserver.com...