Helmut Nagy

How PoolParty and ISO 25964 fit together

The release of the ISO standard for thesauri “ISO 25964 Part 1: Thesauri for information retrieval” in 2011 was a huge step, as it replaced standards that dated back to 1986 (ISO 2788) and 1985 (ISO 5964). By that, methodologies from a pre-Web era, when thesauri where rather developed to be published on paper have been further developed. The new standard also brought a shift from a term-based model to a concept-based model stating: “Each term included in a thesaurus should represent a single concept (or unit of thought)” – from: ISO 25964 Part 1, page 15. That brings it close to Semantic Web based data models like SKOS and also shows that formerly disconnected communities are now working together.

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Martin Kaltenböck

ADMS implemented in PoolParty Thesaurus Manager (PPT) 3.1.0 Release

ADMS – the Asset Description Metadata Schema of the European Commission Joinup Initiative, is a metadata vocabulary to describe semantic interoperability assets.

The Asset Description Metadata Schema (ADMS) is a common way to describe semantic interoperability assets making it possible for everyone to search and discover them once shared through the forthcoming federation of asset repositories.


One of the main objectives of ADMS is e.g. to foster cross-boarder services in Europe by the efficient re-use of semantic assets in e-Government.


Description of ADMS
ADMS will allow public administrations, businesses, standardisation bodies and academia to:
  • keep their own system for documenting and storing semantic assets;
  • improve indexing and visibility of their own assets;
  • describe semantic assets in a common way so that they can be seamlessly cross-queried and discovered by the community through a single access point (Joinup);
  • retrieve, compare and potentially link semantic assets to one another in cross-border and cross-sector settings;
  • identify assets to be reused avoiding duplication and expensive design work.

Outreach of ADMS
ADMS is the first step towards a federation of european assets repositories. From mid 2012, Joinup will make available a large number of semantic interoperability assets, described using ADMS, through a federation of asset repositories of Member States, standardisation bodies and other relevant stakeholders. Through this federation, semantic interoperability assets will become retrievable and available via a single point of access.

Please consult the ADMS brochure for further information.


ADMS implemented in PoolParty Thesaurus Manager (PPT) 3.1.0 Release


The current release 3.1.0 of the PoolParty Thesaurus Manager (PPT) of the Semantic Web Company provides now full ADMS capability!

Figure: PoolParty GUI for metadata management of controlled vocabularies – ADMS tab.


Therefore PoolParty Thesaurus Manager (PPT) now allows the content architect to fill in the full description of a controlled vocabulary (a SKOS Thesaurus) – means the meta data of a controlled vocabulary – following now also ADMS standards – these ADMS relevant meta data is automatically published with a controlled vocabulary using the ADMS RDF schema and thereby can be used to publish a vocabulary in the repository of Joinup or another relevant repository of semantic assets to ensure re-use of the controlled vocabulary and thereby interoperability for services et al.



The SWC Social Semantic Web Thesaurus Linked Data Frontend: http://vocabulary.semantic-web.at/semweb.html

And: the corresponding ADMS description in RDF:

More information also available in PoolParty Thesaurus Manager (PPT) 3.1.0 Release Notes.

If you are interested in this topic around Joinup and ADMS as well as the respective PoolParty implementation then participate in the SEMIC2012 conference on 18 June 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.