Linked Open Data – 2019 is turning out to be a great vintage for EU Vocabularies and EuroVoc. Here is one example, fruit of a tight collaboration between the GIL-EuroVoc committee and the Publications Office.
The Document, Discover and Interoperate Alliance (DDI) places EuroVoc on an equal footing with a US Library of Congress resource (the LSCH) in DDI’s XKOS model specification. Both resources are mentioned while explaining the notions of “exhaustive” and “mutually exclusive” concepts.
As part of an example of a statistical classification there is a second reference to EuroVoc in the documentation of this SKOS extension. In the accompanying graphic and the explanatory text below it, a EuroVoc concept is represented as linked to the ANZIC (Australian and New Zealand Industry Classification). Finally, in the reference annex of this technical documentation, EuroVoc and the EU Vocabularies website are categorised among valuable informative references.
The publication of controlled vocabularies as Linked Open Data creates resources that are meant to be shared. They become “silently” used and useful to others as part of the LOD nature. Once in a while the silence is breached, allowing the interconnection to become visible and appreciated.