A possible story for a project using ASKOSI#
Table des matières
A Community of Practice wants to integrate the knowledge and the services proposed by the different applications published by participating institutions.
One of the best way to get people to work together is to invite them:
- to make an inventory of their main sources of reference information,
- to define the concepts they will share.
ASKOSI accesses the information where it is:
- catalogs of concepts (with their terminology) are accessed where they are published, whatever they propose:
- SQL or SparQL servers
- RDF, XML or CSV files
- documents or operational information in different applications are accessed using URLs:
- concepts can be searched and results' sizes are stored by ASKOSI;
- users' search equations are stored in an history file, they can be tagged and reused;
- users' accesses to individual documents or information are also recorded: they can be tagged and shared with the Community.
Existing terminology sources#
A CoP is integrating information from many disciplines and along many facets (places, times, living beings, chemical substances, diseases, etc.).
The first service from ASKOSI is to gather the different existing vocabularies, where they are, and to make them all accessible in one place.
Existing documents and information catalogs#
Those vocabularies are used to index different catalogs of documents or relevant information. They are often used to filter those sources to keep only specific topics which interest the CoP.
For every concepts of every gathered vocabularies, ASKOSI provides complete tables of how much they are used in different applications (and roles in those applications).
Building a common classification inline with the CoP missions#
A thesaurus is a vocabulary and a classification hierarchy. To classify, to organize accesses to documents and information, is an activity done within the context of a mission. An ontology tries to be "true" in a very large context, a thesaurus is often much more dependent on the foreseen needs of the users.
ASKOSI proposes to build small thesauri tailored for a CoP. They can be linked by equivalences relations with concepts in broader vocabularies (e.g. MeSH, CatalogOfLife, DBpedia, etc.): a search can be built navigating in the CoP specific vocabulary and be expanded using the broader vocabularies.
Aligning classifications do ease searches and filtering across multiple documents and information catalogs.
Continuous collaboration to keep the common classification up to date#
Indexing documents, organizing information, retrieving interesting resources are demanding tasks for which a documentation and an efficient feedback collection mechanism must be available.
ASKOSI links each concept to a Wiki page where the scope of the concept can be explained and any usage problem can be reported and discussed.
Graphical view of the concepts' relations is also supporting discussions about thesaurus organisation.
Centralised tracking and tagging#
A given data / documents set is mainly accessed in three ways (often combined):
- by indexes (word, concepts) (what is pertinent to my needs?)
- by peers recommendation (what is hot?)
- by recent availabilty (what is new?)
ASKOSI aims to integrate independant applications from the user point of view. It brings the user from one topic to all its references. It will also record and share "tags" to let users recommend documents / information to their peers. It will also record modifications and usage to show what is new or popular.