ShowVoc is an online platform built to facilitate access to, dissemination and visualisation of controlled vocabularies such as ontologies (OWL), thesauri (SKOS/SKOS-XL), lexicons (Ontolex-lemon) and other types of RDF-based datasets. ShowVoc helps communities and teams explore, engage and promote the use of semantic technologies and reference data in their areas of expertise (e.g. translation or legal fields). For this purpose, it provides a set of tools and facilities based on semantic web technologies that foster and support semantic interoperability.
ShowVoc has been developed in the framework of the Public multilingual knowledge management infrastructure for the Digital Single Market (PMKI) project (European Commission ISA² programme) as a tool for sharing maintainable and sustainable controlled vocabularies. It enables the sharing of language resources, making them interoperable for the benefit of the language technology industry and public administrations. Its multilingual features are able to improve cross border accessibility of digital services.
The further development of ShowVoc is currently managed by the Publications Office of the European Union and is funded by the Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL). The application is released as open source and the documentation can be found on the project website.
The Publications Office uses ShowVoc in its internal workflow for the maintenance and quality control of various reference datasets. Our teams are here to help partner institutions use the platform. As such, the Publications Office provides an access to ShowVoc to all EU institutions, agencies and public administrations of EU Member States. Interested parties are invited to contact us and express their interest to explore the solution, describing their projects and needs.