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PoolParty Team has recently published an improved version of their WordPress plugin which enables linked data enrichments of blogs. Therefore a SKOS based vocabulary has to be uploaded or retrieved from a SPARQL-endpoint. Users and developers benefit from

  • automatic annotation of all blog entries displayed as tooltips
  • a comfortable search facility with auto-complete over all concepts from the linked thesaurus including semantic search over the whole blog
  • an integrated thesaurus browser, plus
  • a corresponding linked data frontend including RDF/XML serialization of the underlying thesaurus + SPARQL endpoint

The improvements of version 2.2.3 compared to older versions in detail:

  • Updating the plugin via the wordpress admin interface has been simplified. The plugin now gets the ARC2 triplestore and installs it automatically without need to intervene manually.
  • There is a new sidebar-widget which incorporates a search field including autocomplete. This autocomplete service suggests terms from the glossary. Once such a term is chosen, one is automatically connected to the webpage describing the term. The widget can be pulled into any sidebar (depending on the theme) from the sub-section of appearance/widgets.
  • There is a new shortcode with which specific parts of the content can be excluded from automatically being linked. The shortcode is called ppt-noparse. Automatic linking is disabled for any text between the code.
  • Automatic finding and linking of concepts in running content can be totally disabled under settings. The glossary area is still present and can be reached via the glossary link and the sidebar widget.

The plugin can be downloaded from the WordPress plugin directory. SKOS based vocabularies can be obtained from the vocabulary server of the Semantic Web Company, from the W3C-SKOS Wiki or as another example, for the area of clean energy from reegle-Server.

The plugin is already used by the reegle blog, (reegle is a leading search and data hub in the are of clean energy) or – as another example – by the Semantic Puzzle Blog. For blogs which are specialised on writing about climate change or renewable energy a specialised version of the WordPress linked data plugin can be downloaded and installed.

A comfortable way to generate SKOS thesauri for nearly any domain was recently published: SKOSsy is a tool which extracts controlled vocabularies from DBpedia serving as a “seed thesaurus” for further extensions and enhancements which can be managed with powerful SKOS editors like PoolParty Thesaurus Manager.