TOQE: A Generic Thesaurus Interface
TOQE, the Thesaurus Query Expander, is a standardized interface definition for accessing thesaurus systems that may be integrated into search engines or all kinds of query-processing pipelines. Implemented as an XML-based web service, it provides the client with a fixed set of methods, thereby hiding the complexity and structure of the underlying thesaurus and expands the query in a thesaurical meaning based on the desired mode of operation. The process of querying a thesaurus becomes transparent, generic and independent of the thesaurus used.
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This publication describes TOQE in detail:
Anton Güntsch, Niels Hoffmann, Patricia Kelbert, Walter G. Berendsohn: EFFECTIVELY SEARCHING SPECIMEN AND OBSERVATION DATA WITH TOQE, THE THESAURUS OPTIMIZED QUERY EXPANDER.