The next follow-up event of ENDORSE will take place on 30 March 2022 (10.00-12.00 CET) as an online webinar.
In the era of semantic technologies, it is necessary not only to create, update and maintain metadata and reference data, but also to effectively share, visualise and align this data, so as to enhance interoperability. This requires specialised knowledge and established validation procedures, as well as the proper tools and adapted dissemination chains.
The Publications Office of the European Union provides corporate reference data management services for the DGs of the European Commission and similar to other interested stakeholders (EU institutions, agencies and national public administrations). The services focus not only on supporting users in reference data related requests and questions, but also on easing the use of semantic technologies and standards, and supporting the creation and maintenance of reference data and on the other hand on providing the necessary infrastructure (tools and platforms) for maintaining and for disseminating reference data.
In this context a corporate access is offered to all requesting EU institutions, agencies and national public administrations to two semantic applications: VocBench and ShowVoc.
VocBench is a web-based, multilingual, collaborative development platform for managing ontologies, thesauri, lexicons, generic code lists and authority lists. Designed to meet the needs of semantic web and linked data environments, VocBench development has also been driven by the feedback gathered from a community of users made of public organizations, companies and independent users looking for open source solutions for maintaining their reference data and other controlled vocabularies.
On the other hand, ShowVoc is a web-based, multilingual, platform for publishing, browsing and inspecting the same controlled vocabularies as listed above. It further entails cross-dataset features, such as global search and a translation API benefit from the presence of different datasets in order to realize a multilingual resource for term reference and authoritative term translation.
ShowVoc naturally complements VocBench. Initially funded by the European Commission ISA² programme and currently by the Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL), the development of both applications is managed by the Publications Office of the EU. VocBench and ShowVoc are open source solutions that can be reused and further improved by any interested professionals, while the EU national public administrations maintaining vocabularies in the scope of Legivoc can benefit from a free access to the VocBench and ShowVoc corporate instances made available by the Publications Office.
Additionally, a new tool is being conceived. Currently called “Semantics Elicitation Platform”, it is intended to be used independently or as a companion to VocBench, processing and managing unstructured information (e.g. text, various kind of media) and eliciting knowledge out of it, in the form of structured information modelled according to target ontology vocabularies. The project aims at realising an open environment for automatic sharing and provision of text-engineering components based on the same principles of Linked Open Data (a text mining platform).
The webinar will start with the presentation of the corporate reference data management services offered by the Publications Office, followed by two showcases presented by users from the European Commission (DG ESTAT and DG EMPL) who will speak about their experience of using VocBench and ShowVoc in practice. The third part of the event will provide a short demo of both tools and give the opportunity to participants to ask questions.