Vocbench is a web-based, multilingual, editing and workflow tool that manages thesauri, authority lists and glossaries using SKOS. VocBench is developed by FAO and its partners, and it is 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 quality assurance.
The VocBench user community is growing. The latest production release is VocBench 3.4, which offers a powerful editing environment, with facilities for management of OWL ontologies, SKOS/SKOS-XL thesauri, OntoLex lexicons and any sort of RDF dataset. It aims to set new standards for flexibility, openness and expressive power as a free and open source RDF modelling platform. VocBench 3, developed by the ART Group in collaboration with FAO, offers a web environment for maintaining thesauri, code lists and authority resources, providing advanced collaboration features such as history, validation and a publication workflow, and multi-user management with role-based access control. VocBench 3 aims at improving its previous incarnation by setting new standards for flexibility, openness and expressive power as a free and open source RDF modelling platform. With respect to VocBench 2, the current version of VB3 offers a much more flexible environment, fine grained RDF editing, support for several core modeling vocabularies.
To explore VocBench functionalities, please request acess to agrovoc-test. Editor functionalities can be tested by using the guest login. To test advanced VocBench functionalities, please contact us. VocBench is now also an open source project. You may access its project site where detailed build instructions and source code are available.