Conceive your terminology
The conception of your terminology constitutes the framework of all the rest. It determines the operations you shall do later when you will make your terminology interoperable with other resources, and when you will link it to a network of terminologies.
There is a terminology form that we refer to in that part as an "ideal" means to optimize your semantic descriptions of your digital resources. This terminology form is: a domain-specific, multilingual and user-oriented thesaurus. The closer to the ideal form your terminology is, the more optimized the exploitation of your semantic descriptions on Europeana will be. Thus we advice you to try to fit the more you can with such an ideal form by applying our recommendations of conception and refinement we present step by step right now.
Here is a task list that you can follow step by step if you want to conceive from scratch a terminology for the semantic description of your digital resources. If you already have an in-house terminology, this is not worthy to trash it, but we recommend you to check it and to refine it if necessary. For that purpose you can use our task list as a quality process.
Even if the task list is presented just below along a linear process, it is really important to use it in an iterative manner. Such a work requires a bit of patience and time that you should consider as an investment. The more precisely your terminology is define, the more important your return on investment will be. So do not hesitate to switch from a part to another one, to use them by iterations.
The different tasks we are going to detail are:
- A1: Define your collection domain(s)
- A2: Identify your users' expectations about your semantic descriptions
- A3: Define your connection with the datamodel
- A4: Choose the terms for the semantic description of your digital resources
- A5: Organise your terms into a thesaurus structure
- A6: Find equivalent terms in other languages
- A7: Implement your thesaurus
We invite you to pursue the step by step process by going to the next step: A1: Define your collection domain(s).
You can also navigate through the recommendations by using the synoptic map below. This map will be available on each page of the recommendations process. In order to know the name of a step in particular, just rollover and stay a bit on the very box so that the name appears.