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KOS – the missing link?

Lorna Balkan Constructing and maintaining Knowledge Organization Systems (KOS) such as thesauri is an expensive and labour-intensive business. Increasingly, people are looking at ways to extend their value by finding additional applications for them beyond their traditional role as information … Continue reading

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Launch of new thesaurus management system

Lorna Balkan We are delighted to announce that our new management system is now live. Many thanks to all those who made this happen, including all our partners in the ELSST translators committee who contributed to the system specifications, our … Continue reading

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What is in a link?

Lorna Balkan The 13th European Networked Knowledge Organization Systems (NKOS) Workshop that took place in London last week had a special session on mapping between vocabularies, so it was good to be able to present our current thoughts on this … Continue reading

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IASSIST 2014 report

Lorna Balkan Scope of conference Toronto has just hosted the IASSIST conference, which this year celebrated its 40th anniversary. As usual, it was a great place to find out about the latest developments in data-related issues in the social sciences, … Continue reading

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Thesaurus management system – progress update

Lorna Balkan Development work on the new thesaurus management system is progressing well, albeit more slowly than anticipated.  The initial stages of the development on the database and the SOLR/search interface went smoothly, as did the translators’ screens and functionality, … Continue reading

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Thesaurus alignment task

Lorna Balkan We have just finished our initial task of aligning HASSET and ELSST in order that we can move forward with updating ELSST. Aims The original aim of the alignment task was to bring ELSST (or more precisely, its … Continue reading

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ISKO UK Conference 2013

Lorna Balkan I recently had the opportunity to attend the ISKO UK Conference 2013.  The conference theme was ‘Knowledge organization – pushing the boundaries’ with a special focus on how better synergy could be achieved between research and practical implementation. … Continue reading

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