Ontologies as the most complex knowledge organization systems


  • Victoria Francu Asociația Bibliotecarilor din România




knowledge organization systems, ontologies, semantic web, knowledge graphs, linked data


This article is intended to clarify, for those who are not familiar yet with them, the commonalities and specificities of knowledge organization systems (KOS) on the one hand and ontologies on the other, considering their common structural model and their shared purpose as tools assisting in the organization and retrieval of information. In other words its aim is to define what is common and what separates knowledge organization systems from ontologies and why converting former KOSs into ontologies is preferred. In the end interoperability issues are discussed.


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How to Cite

Francu, V. (2021). Ontologies as the most complex knowledge organization systems. Revista Română De Biblioteconomie și Știința Informării = Romanian Journal of Library and Information Science, 17(1), 25–34. https://doi.org/10.26660/rrbsi.2021.17.1.25



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