MoU/MG holds 2nd Town-hall Meeting on Semantic Interoperability

10 July 2014 — The e-meeting discussed the PoC project, the outcome of the nominations of experts including the project team leadership. The PoC project was launched and consists of the following nominated experts, some were added during the conference call, and of the proposed project team leader, which the meeting all accepted:

Project team leader:

  • Mr. Klaus-Dieter Naujok, ISO/TC 154

Team members:

  • Mr. Kenji Itoh, ISO/TC 154
  • Mr. François Vuilleumier, ISO/TC 154
  • Mr. Jim Northey, ISO/TC 68
  • Mr. David Leal, ISO/TC 184/SC 4
  • Ms. Anne-Francoise Cutting-Decelle, ISO/TC 184/SC 4
  • Mr. Keith Hunten, ISO/TC 184/SC 4
  • Mr. Jamie Osborne, SWIFT
  • Mr. David Connelly, OAGi
  • Ms. Mary Kay Blantz, OAGi
  • Mr. Martin Euchner, ITU-T TSB
  • Mr. Anders Grangard, GS1
  • Mr. Peter Potgieser, CEN

Mr. Klaus-Dieter Naujok, PoC project team leader, volunteer to use his company (Illumonus) to create an online project collaboration system to assist the members in their efforts.

Mr. Klaus-Dieter Naujok also presented a slide set on semantic interoperability and gave a live demo of a SKOS demo application.

The meeting concluded with the following observations:

  • One or two experts are sufficient to maintain the SKOS web application.
  • SKOS is being used in practice, such as within Bayan for banking; in an EU project for asset management; and by an actively maintained open-source project in Germany.
  • Translation produces a linguistic version where the meaning may not necessarily be the same.
  • ISO/TC 46 developed ISO 25964 – Information and documentation – Thesauri and interoperability with other vocabularies, which is of interest to the PoC project.
  • There are various e-business standards which are not necessarily semantically interoperable.
  • While some MoU/MG participating organizations publish standards in English only, the PoC project will not attempt to translate missing concept translations into other languages.
  • SKOS follows a hierarchical principle, yet the PoC project may perhaps need other types of relationships among the concepts.
  • The PoC project will experience if SKOS is useful for its purpose.