Recent Activity: Vocabulary Services IG

20 Sep 2017

Invitation to VSSIG Slack Group

Dear Vocabulary Service interest group member
As discussed in the meeting in Montreal this morning, discussion on the VSSIG work program will continue using the vocabulary-services Slack Group.
Many members of this list are not yet members of the Slack group. In order to join the Slack group we need to send an invitation to your e-mail. However, individual e-mail addresses are not available to the chairs through the RDA Portal or through your membership of the VSSIG.

13 Sep 2017

Units of Measure BoF at P10

Apologies for cross posting
On Wednesday Sept 22nd from 3.30 - 5.00 pm in Mansfield 8 at P10 there will be a BoF discussion of the need for formation of a Units of Measure Interest Group.
This BoF has been scheduled because of the need to prioritize units of measure when thinking about interoperable science data and the recently funded NIST grant to create a Semantic Units Repository. Please consider attending to contribute use cases, units/quantities/dimensions representation needs, previous RDA discussions and ideas relative to forming an interest group on the topic.

07 Sep 2017

Re: [vocabulary_services] P10 Montreal meeting of Vocabulary and Semantic Services IG

Also consider guidelines we recently published here RE identifiers and their resolution:
Identifiers for the 21st century: How to design, provision, and reuse persistent identifiers to maximize utility and impact of life science data
I'll be there if comments, questions, criticisms, and look forward to participating!
Cheers, Melissa
On Sep 6, 2017, at 7:04 PM, robatkinson <***@***.***> wrote:

07 Sep 2017

P10 Montreal meeting of Vocabulary and Semantic Services IG

Dear Vocabulary-Service mavens -
Just two weeks until the f2f meeting of the re-booted Vocabulary and Semantic Services Interest Group in Montreal - Wednesday morning 11:00 local time. The chairs have developed a more detailed agenda for the meeting, shown here:
We look forward to meeting you all in Montreal.
Simon J D Cox
Research Scientist
Environmental Informatics

31 Aug 2017

RE: [rda-agrdatainterop-ig][vocabulary_services][rda-agrisemantics-wg] TR: Postdoc position on AgroPortal, GACS and ontology alignment in Montpellier, France

Dear collaborators,
We NEED you to help us found a candidate postdoc for this position. Recently the position has been extended to 18 months (rather than 12) but we need a candidate from outside France by beginning of November or the funding will be lost.
Please, transfer this email and send me recommendations. This is crucial for AgroPortal and shall be very good for GACS project.

03 Aug 2017

Fwd: [CODE4LIB] Call for Reconciliation & Entity Resolution Use Cases / Needs / Stories

This might also be of interest to this group.
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Betreff: [CODE4LIB] Call for Reconciliation & Entity Resolution Use
Cases / Needs / Stories
Datum: Wed, 2 Aug 2017 12:04:31 -0700
Von: Chrissy Rissmeyer <***@***.***>
Antwort an: Code for Libraries <***@***.***>
An: ***@***.***
Hi all:
The LD4 Community Working Group on Reconciliation & Resolution is an
open group working within the LD4L / LD4L Labs / LD4P broader family. A

21 Jul 2017

TR: Postdoc position on AgroPortal, GACS and ontology alignment in Montpellier, France

Hello all,
Just a quick email to ask you to share the postdoc offer we have in
Montpellier to work on AgriSemantics related stuff : AgroPortal, ontology
mapping and GACS !
It still open. A candidate from this community will be perfect!
Happy summer.
The NUMEV Labex ( and AgroPortal project ( which builds an

07 Jul 2017

[ANN] SKOS Testing Tool

I am pleased to announce the release of a SKOS Testing Tool at This SKOS testing tool is a simple
web frontend for the qSKOS [1] library, to assess the quality of SKOS or
SKOS-XL vocabularies. Its main features are :
- No registration required, free for all, open-source
- Upload a SKOS file to test or give the URL to an online file (e.g. [2])
- Ability to select the set of rules to be verified

27 Jun 2017

VSIG/VSSIG re-configuration

It has been pleasing to see some activity on the list in response to my mail last week about reviving the IG. In particular, we have had a number of volunteers for coordination roles. In order to move forward, the continuing co-chairs would like to propose the following arrangements:
1. Name of group - RDA Vocabulary and Semantic Services Interest Group (VSSIG)

23 Jun 2017


Hi Simon and all,
I'd like to register my interest in this revival. Geoscience Australia has a growing dependence on SKOS vocabularies which several systems - portals and catalogues for now, others later - access via services. The SKOS is standardised enough but not the services. We would love to see something like a SKOS or Vocab Linked Data API specification, perhaps alongside or within other APIs.

21 Jun 2017

NISO Draft on Vocabulary Management for Public Comment

This may be of interest:
The NISO Issues in Vocabulary Management technical report is available
for public comment from June 19 to July 19, 2017. To download the draft
document or submit comments, visit the NISO project page at All input is welcome.
Jakob Voß <***@***.***>
Verbundzentrale des GBV (VZG) / Common Library Network
Platz der Goettinger Sieben 1, 37073 Göttingen, Germany

19 Jun 2017

Reviving the VSIG

Dear RDA VSIGers
It has been 8 months since the last formal activity of the group, so this is an update about why and the potential for some revived activity.
Two of our founding co-chairs have moved on to new positions which has made their continuing leadership roles difficult to fulfil.

19 Jun 2017

Updated charter (proposed)

The Vocabulary and Semantic Services Interest Group (VSSIG) seeks to develop community-based approaches and recommendations to make knowledge organization systems (i.e. controlled vocabularies, ontologies, and their associated services) findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable (FAIR data principles).

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24 Oct 2016

Vocabulary Governance Telecon Times

Hi folks,
We’ve had 7 responses to the Vocabulary Governance Survey ( and based on the sections of the proposed output document, we have coverage for both authors and editors of all proposed sections! Woot woot!
We have volunteers spanning US Mountain Time, Central Time, Eastern Time, Greenwich Mean Time. Since we are widely distributed and a common time might be difficult to accommodate, we have a couple of options
1) If we think a telecon is useful, we could

21 Oct 2016

Vocabulary governance - TopBraid's story

Folks – I would like to attend this to help with our assessment of vocabulary governance tools. But it is at a bad time for participation from my time-zone. Maybe someone else in the group could sit in and report back?
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