Thesaurus management tool – Linked Heritage Project

The Linked Heritage project aims to help European museums make their digital resources available on Europeana.

One of the major goals of this project is to facilitate access to formal representation of knowledge for non-experts of Information Engineering and Linguistics. To meet this challenge, the Linked Heritage project aims to provide user-friendly website to create, manage and map thesaurus.

This website provides the user – European culture related organization – the ability to import their thesaurus, modify them and map them to any other already imported thesaurus.

  • Import thesaurus: in CSV, text or RDF format. This thesaurus is stored in SKOS in Apache Stanbol

  • When the thesaurus is imported, the user has an easy-to-use interface to visualize, modify and enhance it : the user can change the thesaurus language, reorganize easily terms of the graph (drag and drop), navigate through the graph, edit and modify details of a concept


  • After these possible modifications and improvements, the user can map his thesaurus to any other already imported thesaurus : in 2 clicks, user chooses two concepts and the type of link that brings them together

Once the critical amount of imported thesaurus is reached, the website detects similarities and automatically suggests maps.


Author: Wernher

Wernher Behrendt is senior researcher at Salzburg Research and the coordinator of the IKS project

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