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Announcement Date: 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A model for sustainable interoperable thesauri maintenance

Produced by

Thesaurus Maintenance Working Group,

Contributors: Martin Doerr, Maria Daskalaki, Lida Charami, Chryssoula Bekiari,  Helen Katsiadaki, Helen Goulis, Makis Chrisovitsanos, Georgia Papadopoulou, Iraklitos Souyioultzoglou, Hella Hollander, Vanessa Hannesschläger,  Wolfgang Schmidle, and others

The aim of this work is to develop a model and a proposal of how existing thesauri and ontologies will become interoperable and can be maintained in a sustainable and scalable way. This has been undertaken by the Thesaurus Maintenance WG which was established in 2014 in the framework of DARIAH EU: The Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities- a research infrastructure. This Research Infrastructure aims at enhancing and supporting digitally-enabled research and teaching across the arts and humanities.
The Thesaurus Maintenance WG aims at designing and establishing a coherent overarching thesaurus for the humanities, a “backbone” or “metathesaurus”, under which all the vocabularies and terminologies in use in the domain can be aligned. Therefore, this work focuses on identifying the top-level-concepts (facets and hierarchies) that will become its common basis, meeting the demands for intersubjective and interdisciplinary validity.


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