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About ACDH Vocabularies

In many areas of scholarly work, controlled vocabularies (gazetteers, thesauri, etc.) play a crucial role as a stable reference for resources and for ensuring interoperability between disparate projects and their data. The ACDH provides a vocabulary repository service that allows for collaborative maintenance and publication of vocabularies and taxonomies of any kind.

The system is based on the open-source software Skosmos, which uses SKOS as the underlying data model. Skosmos offers browsing of vocabularies with structured concept displays and visualisation of concept hierarchies. Vocabularies can be searched with a search interface or by consulting an alphabetical or thematic index. Vocabularies can be accessed via a REST-API, to allow for Linked Data.

ACDH Vocabularies does not only serve controlled vocabularies for ACDH purposes, but is also employed for some of the central services of the CLARIN infrastructure: the CLARIN concept registry and CLAVAS, a repository for specific metadata vocabularies. Additionally ACDH aims to offer ACDH Vocabularies as a service for partners of the national CLARIAH-AT consortium, for the Thesaurus Maintenance working group in DARIAH-EU, and for WP6 - Services and tools in PARTHENOS.

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The Austrian Academy of Sciences (OEAW) has the legal duty to support the sciences and humanities in every respect. As a learned society, the OEAW fosters discourse and cooperation between science and society, politics and economy.
The Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH) is an OEAW institute founded with the goal to support digital methods in arts and humanities disciplines. The ACDH supports digital research in manifold ways.
The ACDH Vocabularies website is dedicated to provide machine readable controlled vocabularies in SKOS format.

Signing power:

President: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Anton Zeilinger
Vice president: Univ.-Doz. Dr. phil. Michael Alram
Class presidents: Univ.-Prof. Dr. Brigitte Mazohl, Univ.-Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr.techn. Georg Brasseur
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ACDH Vocabularies offers stable hosting of and access to digital thesauri for the humanities community.


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