About the Learning Object

This LO has been developed in the framework of WP7 of the Linked Heritage-project.

Its aim is to introduce work package 3 of the Linked Heritage-project to unskilled or entry level learners in galleries, libraries, archives and museums.

Work package 3 is dedicated to the exploitation of monolingual or multilingual vocabularies in a digital environment. Almost every cultural institution nowadays uses one or more in-house vocabularies for various museological functions. Thesauri are used as an indexing tool, e.g. the subject index at the end of a book; as an inventory device, allowing structural and logical classification of objects in a collection management system. They can be activated in a database or in an online catalogue as a search tool, allowing more detailed and accurate query results. Vocabularies can be implement as an addition browsing or navigation tool or as an interactive term suggestion application. They also facilitate the synergy of multiple databases.

As the world wide web is gradually growing with information, specialists have emphasized the importance of vocabularies as a way to structure information on the web. The knowledge that is inherent to structured vocabularies can help in information retrieval and online searching, thus increase the development of the semantic web or linked open data.

This tutorial will explain in a simple and practical way following subjects:

- the notion of terminologies and their importance for valorisation of digital content

- step by step guidelines how to valorise your terminology on the world wide web

- an introduction to the terminology management platform (TMP)

- an introduction to Simple Knowledge Organisation System (SKOS)

- an overview of the most recent literature and sites

- contact information

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