The results of our survey about controlled vocabularies are published on Issuu.
The most interesting part of the results for me in a few words:
In August 2009 the W3C consortium announced the new SKOS standard – developed by the SWDWG – for bridging between the world of knowledge organization systems and the linked data community. Now, nearly two years after, it looks like this standard has well arrived. 48.7% stated that standards like SKOS are very important and 29.1% voted for “relevant”.
We also asked for other standards that are important for the participant’s daily work. From 250 nominations we decided to focus on those that had a score of at least 7. The big three are OWL, RDF and Dublin Core. Others were a variety of ISO terminologies, RSS, SPIN. Remarkable in this context is that SPARQL made it just to 5 mentions.
A couple of additional insights:
- most of our participants do have a clear awareness about controlled vocabularies and 85,4% are using them in their organization
- the bigger the organization the longer controlled vocabularies are used
- taxonomies and ontologies seem to be the preferred knowledge models
- semantic search, data integration and structure for content navigation are the main application areas for controlled vocabularies
- application areas like recommender systems, autocomplete suggestions and support for multilingual search are not seen as very relevant
- linked data is valued very positively as a future topic
- thesauri will support search engines in the near future to improve search results
- experience with controlled vocabularies is varying considerably among the branches
- there is a high awareness for standards like SKOS; the web-paradigm has entered the world of controlled vocabularies
- controlled vocabularies are no more locked in academic frames, they have also arrived in enterprise areas
Enjoy reading the full report!