VocBench is a web-based, multilingual, editing and workflow tool that manages thesauri, authority lists and glossaries using SKOS-XL. Designed to meet the needs of semantic web and linked data environments, VocBench provides tools and functionalities that facilitate both collaborative editing and multilingual terminology. It also includes administration and group management features that permit flexible roles for maintenance, validation and publication.
VocBench 2 has been developed in the context of a collaboration between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the ART Group of the University of Rome 'Tor Vergata'.
A growing user community has formed around VocBench, mainly made of public organizations which were looking for open source solutions for maintaining their thesauri, code lists and authority resources.
Born over the success of its first homonimous predecessor, which was developed for internal use in FAO, VocBench 2 represents a major shift in both design and outlook. Based on a service-oriented OSGi architecture, it is designed to allow external developers to add functionality via plug-ins without disturbing the core. This allows the current partnership to avoid the administrative burden of managing a full-blown open source community, while at the same time maintaining core functionality and making the code public so that others can extend it. Version 2 also features other important improvements such as native RDF support, support for different triple-stores, looser coupling between modules and more.
VocBench business and data access layers are realized by Semantic Turkey, an open-source platform for Knowledge Acquisition and Management realized by the ART Research Group at the University of Rome - Tor Vergata.