the development of #skos as a system to reconcile the fundamental contradiction between #LinkedData as a language-like system of vernacular expression and the desire for consistent automaticity is an extremely fascinating and subtle story of navigating design tension. I am still early in reading the history but it has taken me years to even appreciate why it's important. !/

I read these two documents in direct conversation:
This 1998 document "What the #SemanticWeb can represent" which describes language-like ontologies and poses the need for some means of expressing maps between them

and this 2005 description of how to build "thesauruses" using skos

it seems like skos was intended to be a pivotal glue that could rescue the dream of seamless automaticity


@jonny I must admit that I don't know much about the early history of SKOS but I always assumed one reason for its development was to enable all the people and orgs that already do knowledge organisation to easily jump onto the semantic web wagon. Thesauri, classifications and other controlled vocabularies have a long history in libraries, and also journalism, corporations and other domains. SKOS was an invitation to publish them.on the web and participate in the Giant Global Graph.

@jonny Also, as it looks like you are diving deeper into these things, please consider a submission to . This would definitely be of interest. (We should probably in the future, after 13 years, explicitely invite historical reflections in the SWIB CfP.)

See my recent post for some background on SWIB22:

thank you!!!!! I had just started taking a look at the practice of thesauri when I closed writing for the night. schema translation, however it is usually called, in general is something I'm _extremely_ interested in as it feels like one of those fundamental challenges in knowledge organization and I can't get enough perspectives and histories on it. I have wondered a lot about the overlap in communities of practice that was happening then-- appealing to librarians makes perfect sense

Internet architecture social history is something where I feel particularly new, especially because, maybe by feature of the people, everything is so meticulously documented that I feel like there's infinitely more to read. I would love to submit something, but maybe more as an invitation to history for people who were involved to speak about what things look like in retrospect, tell stories, reflect, reorient, etc.

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