Les Kneebone: “Semantic web technologies are one solution to linking education data in Australia”
PoolParty Team asked Les a couple of questions about thesaurus management, linked data and the semantic web. Here is a short summary of this interview:
Why did you choose thesauri to organize your information? What kind of problems are you able to solve with this approach?
A thesaurus approach was chosen rather than a subject headings approach because we assumed (and continue to assume) that post-coordinate indexing will drive vocabulary-assisted discovery.
Which role does SKOS and/or Linked Data play in order to achieve your goals?
ScOT concepts are now published as URIs. This approach solves the problem of different ScOT versions in disparate systems.
What are the most important values you generate for your stakeholders? What kind of applications can be built or have been built on top of your thesauri?
The Achievement Standards Network (ASN) provides a model for profiling curriculum statements and linking those statements to education resources using various rdf vocabularies. By profiling curriculum statements to learning resources, more precise matching is achieved.
What are the most important arguments to use Semantic Web standards and linked data, especially in education?
The Australian education sector is characterized by many disparate systems in different education jurisdictions. Semantic web technologies are one solution to linking education data in Australia.
Why did you choose PoolParty to manage your thesauri?
We had already identified SKOS as an important standard for ScOT so it was natural to select PoolParty as a our new thesaurus management tool.
What are your future plans and next steps? How do you manage to get your thesauri used, how are you going to build an “eco-system” around your work? (Do you plan to publish ScOT on the LOD cloud? Under which licenses?)
Our vocabularies are currently for non-commercial use and we don’t anticipate any change to the license at this stage. The ScOT license requires attribution, permits derivatives that must be shared, and is for non-commercial use.