HILT: High-Level Thesaurus

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This page describes some of the activities that were undertaken by staff at UKOLN as part of the HILT project


HILT - High-Level Thesaurus Phase I was a one year project (2000-2001) jointly funded by the RSLP and JISC. The purpose of the project was to study and report on the problem of cross-searching and browsing by subject across a range of communities, services, and service or resource types.

Phase II (2002-2003) aims to move the findings of Phase I into a 'Pilot Project' stage. The project encompasses partners and stakeholders from a wide range of communities including archives, museums and libraries, amongst others.  HILT Phase II is funded by the JISC.

Project Partners:

  • The Centre for Digital Library Research (CDLR), University of Strathclyde (project leader)

  • Other partners are mda, the National Council on Archives (NCA), OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC), the National Grid for Learning Scotland (NGfL Scotland), the Scottish University for Industry (SUfI) and the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC)

More detailed information about the HILT: High-Level Thesaurus project is available from the project's Web pages at:

Work on HILT at UKOLN:

UKOLN provided a review of literature and projects in order to help determine best practice for the provision of interfaces to thesauri and subject vocabularies. The report is entitled "Automated and manual approaches to the provision of thesauri and subject vocabularies" and can be found at: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/hilt/interfaces/.

Rosemary Russell gave a presentation on the same topic at the HILT Workshop, held at the University of Strathclyde on the 19 June 2001. Her powerpoint presentation is available from: http://hilt.cdlr.strath.ac.uk/Dissemination/WorkshopPresentations.html

Rachel Heery reviewed issues related to delivering HILT terminology services within the JISC Information Environment as one or more machine to machine services. The report recommends future directions for the delivery of HILT terminology services in an automated fashion.  This report is entitled "Delivering HILT as a JISC IE shared service" and is available from:

UKOLN staff that worked on the HILT project:

Michael Day
Research Officer
E-mail: m.day@ukoln.ac.uk
Rosemary Russell
Research Officer
E-mail: r.russell@ukoln.ac.uk
Rachel Heery
Research and Development
Team Leader
E-mail: r.heery@ukoln.ac.uk

Maintained by: Rosemary Russell and Michael Day of UKOLN.
Document created: 18-Oct-2000.
Last updated: 06-Nov-2003.

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The HILT project was led by the Centre for Digital Library Research (CDLR) at the University of Strathclyde. It was funded jointly by the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).