Tag Archives: Astronomy

Unified Astronomy Thesaurus

Short Description:

The Unified Astronomy Thesaurus (UAT) is an open, interoperable and community-supported thesaurus which unifies the existing divergent and isolated Astronomy & Astrophysics thesauri into a single high-quality, freely-available open thesaurus formalizing astronomical concepts and their inter-relationships.



Owned/Developed by:

  1. Name of Owner: American Astronomical Society, http://aas.org/
  2. Name of Developer:  Katie Frey, ADS, https://groups.google.com/d/forum/uat-users

Adopted (as opposed to owned) by organizations/publishers:

IOP Publishing intend to use this for auto-indexing of images in the the AAS Astronomy Image Explorer and for indexing content on IOPsience journals and books platform.

Is the KM being actively developed?

  1. Yes by ADS and the Astronomy Community, http://astrothesaurus.org/

License information:

  1. Name of License
  2. Terms of license or link to license terms

IOP Thesaurus

Short Description:

The IOP thesaurus is a collection of ca. 6000 terms describing concepts in physics and related areas.


The model is not currently available externally.

Owned/Developed by:

  1. Name of Owner:   IOP Publishing Ltd
  2. Name of Developer:  Michael Roberts, *protected email*
  3. Technical Contact:   Michael Roberts, *protected email*
  4. License Contact:   Not applicable

Adopted (as opposed to owned) by organizations/publishers:
How is this KM applied?

IOP Publishing, applied manually and through auto-tagging software (Luxid/TEMIS),  Editorial Staff and Referees

How is this KM used?

Not currently in production use for semantic enrichment.

Description of the current use case(s) of the KM

Used for indexing of referees, within ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Description of the future/potential use cases of the KM (not yet realized)

Faceted search, display of further relevant content, key-word driven advertising.

What are the main goals for using this KM?

  1. Improve service to readers on IOPscience
  2. Enhance UX
  3. Increase Search Engine Ranking
  4. Increase time user spends on site
  5. Increase traffic
  6. Increase downloads
  7. New opportunities for innovation

Rationale for KM vs other means of searching and browsing?

As the IOP thesaurus describes relationships between topics as well as providing keywords, it provides a powerful mechanism for determining relevant content and search faceting not available through statistical approaches. The machine-based indexing approach ensures consistency across the corpus, avoiding human bias in applying keywords.

Is the KM being actively developed?

Yes, internally

License information:

KM is not currently available to license

IOP Publishing

Knowledge Models Used


IOP Publishing provides publications through which leading-edge scientific research is distributed worldwide. IOP Publishing is central to the Institute of Physics (IOP), a not-for-profit society. Any financial surplus earned by IOP Publishing goes to support science through the activities of IOP.

Beyond our traditional journals programme, we make high-value scientific information easily accessible through an ever-evolving portfolio of community websites, magazines, conference proceedings and a multitude of electronic services. Focused on making the most of new technologies, we’re continually improving our electronic interfaces to make it easier for researchers to find exactly what they need, when they need it, in the format that suits them best.



Graham McCann, *protected email*

Michael Roberts, *protected email*