Jakob Voß <firstname.lastname@example.org> (Verbundzentrale des GBV (VZG))
This report gives an update on the architecture of Cocoda, a mapping tool for concordances between library knowledge organization systems that is being developed at the head office of GBV Common Library Network (VZG). A new implementation or Cocoda has been started from scratch.
The aim of project coli-conc is an infrastructure to facilitate management and exchange of concordances between library knowledge organization systems. In particular this includes a web application to manage, create, and evaluate mappings. Since its beginning in 2015, the technical and organizational background of the project and its mapping tool have evolved. After some attempts with a monolithical Java application we revisited our original plan of a modularized web application. Based on experiences with two prototypes and the mapping data collected so far we started with a new implementation in May 2018. This report supersedes the Cocoda primer [@tr1] with an overview of the current technical architecture.
The core of the concordances infrastructure turned out to be the JSKOS data format for knowledge organization systems. In short this format is an application profile of JSON-LD [@JSONLD] for SKOS [@SKOS] extended by support of mappings, concordances, usage statistics, and optional closed world statements [@JSKOS]. The specification has reached a stable state with only minor additions to be discussed.
|concept browser||based on a hierarchical navigation and a detailled display of selected concepts|
|mapping editor||to create, modify, and annotate mappings|
|mapping browser||to show existing mappings and mapping recommendations from multiple sources|
|occurrences table||to show the number of times selected concepts are used in library catalogs|
These components shall also be usable independently from Cocoda for instance to provide hierarchical browsing in one classification. Additional parts of the application for interaction with backend services may be pubished as npm modules which can also be used for server side applications.
The web application is developed publically at https://github.com/gbv/cocoda with technical documentation published at https://gbv.github.io/cocoda/. We use a Kanban board at Waffle.io for project management and travis-ci for continuous integration.
The web application communicates with independent backend services, mainly in JSKOS format:
Backend services and additional data processing pipelines are implemented with different technologies. In particular we use and contribute to:
mc2skos command line application for converting MARC 21 records to JSKOS
Catmandu data processing toolkit for access to and transformation of other library data
We present an API and web interface to look up which DDC classes are contained in a synthesized DDC number
BARTOC is being extended to support unified vocabulary search and browsing.
We released a stable release 1.0.0 of BARTOC.org database interface.
Approval of DFG funding for the final phase of project coli-conc (2021/2022)
Support for Skosmos hierarchies and sharing mapping searches