This resource expands on the concept of ontologies in the Semantic Web as a "formal, explicit specification of a shared conceptualization" (Studer et al, 1998). You can explore examples of ontologies by engaging with exercises which illustrate how classes and properties represent these concepts in the NAMPI and VieCPro projects, illustrating how ontologies are used in prosopographic data modelling.
The resource explores the distinction between the general concept vocabularies and controlled vocabularies. You will learn how a controlled vocabulary is used "to organize knowledge for subsequent retrieval" in prosopographic data modelling and for which purposes it is utilised. You are encouraged to apply tools such as SKOS on sample datasets from the NAMPI and VieCPro projects, illustrating the range of potential applications of Linked Open Vocabularies in the Semantic Web.