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Simple Knowledge Organization System
Abbreviation: SKOS
Scope: Modelling knowledge for thesauri, classification schemes, taxonomies, etc.
Topic: Knowledge Representation, Thesaurus
Standard body: W3C
Keywords: RDF, RDFS, Knowledge Organisation System, Semantic Web

The abbreviation SKOS stands for the Simple Knowledge Organization System, which is a specification developed within W3C.

It is a model of knowledge for knowledge organisation systems such as thesauri, classification schemes, taxonomies and other types of structured controlled vocabulary. The main objective of SKOS is to enable easy sharing and linking of controlled structured vocabularies for semantic web.

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Version Title: SKOS Simple Knowledge Organization System: Reference
Abbreviation: SKOS-2009 [not official, only for reference in this website]
Status: W3C Recommendation
Release Date: 2009-08-18
  1. Alistair Miles
  2. Sean Bechhofer
Related Standard(s):
  • OWL

    In the description of the SKOS data model uses the vocabulary taken from OWL.

  • RDF
  • RDFS

    The data model of SKOS is defined using an RDF schema