Join the Vocabulary Carnival at SEMANTiCS 2018

July 31, 2018

The Vocabulary Carnival (Vocarnival) at SEMANTiCS 2018 is a unique opportunity for vocabulary publishers to showcase and share their work, meet the growing community of vocabulary publishers and users, and build useful semantic, technical and social links. The Vocarnival forms part of the SEMANTiCS programme with the Carnival Minute Madness and the marketplace.

This year the Vocabulary Carnival will be co-hosted for the first time by, the world's leading global terminology registry for knowledge organization systems of the Basel University Library Basel. currently contains metadata of more than 2,800 vocabularies, nearly 2.75 million concepts and 9 million terms in human- and machine-readable form, represented according to Semantic Web standards. It thus takes account of the growing importance of vocabularies in science, public administration, the private sector and many other domains. According to the Vocarnival Co-organizer, Andreas Ledl, Editor-in-Chief of Basel Register of Thesauri, Ontologies & Classifications (, Academic Librarian at Basel University Library and Vice-President of International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO), “by organizing knowledge using controlled vocabularies, consistent indexing of content is ensured. This guarantees, for instance, that consumers in online shops can orientate themselves better (e-commerce), patients can receive the best possible treatment (medicine), scientists can find and use better data (research) and library users can conduct more accurate research. Vocabularies are also important for establishing relationships between one or more different domains of knowledge”.  

A very wide vocabulary definition applies to this competition, including ontologies, classifications, thesauri, concept and metadata schemes, independently of their format, be it RDF or not, as no strict technical requirements will be considered. The submission deadline is set for September 3, 2018, 23:30 CET time and the winners will be announced at SEMANTiCS2018, during the respective Vocarnival Session. With regard to the submission, you can access more information here. Then you can present your poster in our exhibition area. The Organising Committee will select the best vocabulary poster and presentation for the awards and announce the first three winners and their respective prizes. According to the Vocarnival Co-organizer, Alexandra Garatzogianni, Senior Research and Innovation Project Manager at the Leibniz Information Center for Science and Technology, University Library (TIB) and the L3S Research Center at the Leibniz University of Hannover, “most importantly, by participating in this year’s Vocarnival, you will have the opportunity to make people aware of your work, connect and exchange with other vocabulary creators, receive expert feedback about your work, as well as discover and discuss other exciting vocabularies and even bootstrap your new Vocabulary project!”.

​More detailed information about the Vocarnival can be accessed here.

The Vocabulary Carnival is part of SEMANTiCS Conference 2018 - Register now to join!


The annual SEMANTiCS conference is the meeting place for professionals who make semantic computing work, and understand its benefits and know its limitations. Every year, SEMANTiCS attracts information managers, IT-architects, software engineers, and researchers, from organisations ranging from NPOs, universities, public administrations to the largest companies in the world.