Analysis of equivalence mapping for terminology services

E. McCulloch, G. Macgregor

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This paper assesses the range of equivalence or mapping types required to facilitate interoperability in the context of a distributed terminology server. A detailed set of mapping types were examined, with a view to determining their validity for characterizing relationships between mappings from selected terminologies (AAT, LCSH, MeSH, and UNESCO) to the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) scheme. It was hypothesized that the detailed set of 19 match types proposed by Chaplan in 1995 is unnecessary in this context and that they could be reduced to a less detailed conceptually-based set. Results from an extensive mapping exercise support the main hypothesis and a generic suite of match types are proposed, although doubt remains over the current adequacy of the developing Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) Core Mapping Vocabulary Specification (MVS) for inter-terminology mapping.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-92
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Information Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2008


  • classification
  • interoperability
  • knowledge organisation systems
  • SKOS Core
  • terminologies
  • vocabulary mapping
  • resource discovery
  • Knowledge Organization Systems
  • KOS


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