Collections > Master's Papers > School of Information and Library Science > A Case for FRBR and Semantic Wikis in Enterprise Information Environments

Wikis allow users to collaboratively create and maintain content. As a new platform for wiki sites, Semantic wikis provide additional means to annotate the content to add structure. These Semantic Wiki sites are experiencing an enormous increase in popularity because structured data is more usable and thus more valuable than unstructured data. This study proposes the use of a semantic wiki to develop an web portal to collect and organize the information maintained in an Enterprise's content management system. The ontology selected to support the conceptual infrastructure of the portal is based on a scheme inspired from an IFLA proposition known as Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR). The paper introduces a model for the specification of mappings between FRBR entities and the organization's information artifacts. Also, the information system stakeholders - process owners, document creators, SMEs (Subject Matter Experts), support reps, end users, etc.- are also defined and interrelated using simple standard ontologies and vocabularies such as Friend-of-a-Friend (FOAF), RDF and OWL. The FRBR ontology and the web portal are developed using the platform provided by Semantic MediaWiki, an extension of MediaWiki, the platform for Wikipedia. The main features for standard vocabularies integration and semantic queries and searches are summarized. Finally, a number of metrics and indicators are presented as a reference for the portal's project managers and sponsors to evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the tool and help them make decisions about future initiatives, enhancements and new information requirements implementation.