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A feature request for integration with SKOS taxonomies.


We will develop the functionality that will allow editors to see, and utilise taxoniomies that are generated from all Haiku sites. In turn, this will allow editors to use similar sets of categories for their content, that will in turn lead to a more joined up method of categorisation of content across any Haiku website that wishes to use it.


AS AN EDITOR I want to be able to utilise a taxonomy list that has been generated from all of the categories that are currently being used across all Haiku sites, relative to the content type that I am categorising SO THAT I am able to make sure that my content is easy to find, despite the fact I may be using a slightly different terminology to other Haiku websites, for the same content.

AS AN EDITOR I want to be able to see the categorisation/tags that apply to my content if I choose to export it SO THAT I am always able to see what categorisation my content has been give, in order to re-ues it if I require.


What are you trying to do that our product is not able to support?

Most of our researchers are associated with departmental themes (via their association with research groups on departmental websites). If they are graduate supervisors they are also associated with our Divisional graduate school subject areas. It would be great to represent these sets of themes using SKOS and make these available as a feed of some sort from each website, and also in the json feed of researchers. (

What is the reason that you need to be able to do this?

In due course we will be making far more use of subject headings / tags / keywords etc. Every department has their own terminology for these, for very good reasons, but SKOS would at least allow us to make connections between one set of subject headings and another - so we could quietly make points of connection between a departmental theme and its equivalents in, for instance, MESH (the Medical Subject Headings used by PubMed et al) or the Library of Congress Subject Headings.

What is the impact of you not being able to do this?

This is a subtle approach to joining up information in the Medical Sciences Division, so that we can present our research in a joined up fashion to the outside world, including and in particular our funders. The sledgehammer approach is to force all the departments and units to standardise on a single limited set of subject headings, but this is pretty much impossible to achieve - even our experience with the graduate school subject areas shows that the taxonomy grows quickly and eventually gets out of hand (last count was over 150 subject areas). Using linked data would be far more efficient and, if we started now, we would be ahead of the curve - if we wait we will end up with chaos.