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Architecting a Cross-Disciplinary Thesaurus for the Semantic Web

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An environmental health science thesaurus is needed to facilitate Semantic Web operations and aid with problem solving in this important cross-domain area. This paper demonstrates the need for an environmental health science thesaurus and reviews metadata generation research that highlights the importance of subject metadata. A conceptual design for building a cross-disciplinary metathesaurus using shared ontologies and other Semantic Web technologies is presented. The design emphasizes a dynamic, distributed approach to thesaurus construction, and builds on Semantic Web developments, especially the integration of multiple ontologies. The paper concludes by identifying candidate terminological sources and identifying a major challenge.

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W. Davenport Robertson
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, North Carolina, USA,
Jane Greenberg
School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,

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Robertson, W., & Greenberg, J. (2004). Architecting a Cross-Disciplinary Thesaurus for the Semantic Web. International Conference on Dublin Core and Metadata Applications, 2004.

DOI : 10.23106/dcmi.952107948

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