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STW Thesaurus for Economics

Technical Background

To support reuse of the STW Thesaurus for Economics, ZBW not only put it on to the web as HTML pages. An URI was assigned to each descriptor and subject category. These URIs are designed to be persistent identifiers, independent of language or thesaurus version. ZBW will make every effort to keep these URIs accessable and dereferenceable. The URIs can be employed for indexing resources in a consistent way, even if the labels for a concept may change eventually.

The base of this web site is a SKOS representation of the STW which allows to express any information in the thesaurus in a machine-readable way. The SKOS data is embedded into the web pages using RDFa. It may be viewed via the "Semantic Web Cube" ( - "Extract RDF/XML") button at the bottom of the pages.

The embedded data makes the STW Thesaurus for Economics part of the Semantic Web, described by Tim Berners-Lee as the Web of "Linked Data". More about the technical background of the STW as semantic web application can be found in this paper.

* Unfortunately, this does not work straightforward in MS Internet Explorer. You therefore have to save the offered file as "something.xml" and open it via double click.

STW Thesaurus for Economics (v 8.04, 2009-02-16)  ▪  Suggestions and comments to the thesaurus team
German National Library of Economics (ZBW) / Leibniz Information Centre for Economics - Imprint

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