The need for controlled vocabularies or knowledge organization systems, such as thesauri and classification schemes, for resource discovery and terminology related services has been well recognized and established (see, for example, Lancaster 2003, Svenonius 2000). Due to the large number of available vocabularies, the variety of potential applications and new possibilities offered by standards in digital representation and protocols, the issue of a terminology registry has become highly relevant. Even before the World Wide Web, comprehensive lists of vocabularies were collected. Today a number of related domain, national and international initiatives exist. In 2007 JISC initiated a scoping study which is to analyse issues related to the potential delivery of a terminology registry as a shared infrastructure service within the UK’s further and higher education’s information environment (IE). Although certain existing terminology registries could be of some use to IE, they are not comprehensive but usually domain-specific, and authority and maintenance issues exist. The study’s overall aims are: - To inform the development of shared infrastructure for resource discovery; - To describe the scope and potential use of a terminology registry; - To analyse requirements for services based on a terminology registry; and, - To help stakeholders understand the need for this component of a shared infrastructure. The report is based on a review of related projects and literature, as well as data collected from a number of interviews and questionnaires. It proposes a terminology registry and describes its characteristics and components, underlying standards, architecture and governance.
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