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This paper presents an experimental implementation of the Art and Architecture Thesaurus, a knowledge organizational system for the visual arts and architecture, within the SKOS (Simple Knowledge Organization System) framework. Such treatment allows for machine-actionability on thesaurus records for automated expansion of search queries and also provides a framework for interoperability across metadata schemas in a linked data environment. SKOS enables more complex semantic processing by utilizing a simple framework for Semantic Web technology within thesauri. The analysis establishes an application profile for AAT, which accommodates the faceted and polyhierarchical structure of the thesaurus, as well as the detailed source referencing contained within AAT’s documentary notes


“A Preliminary SKOS Implementation of the Art and Architecture Thesaurus: Machine-Actionable Controlled Vocabulary for the Semantic Web“ by Eric A. Robinson is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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