I just came across the standards committee called Simple Knowledge Organisation Systems (SKOS). Does anyone reading this have more insight into what they are doing?
This comes is their introduction:
SKOS is an area of work developing specifications and standards to support the use of knowledge organisation systems (KOS) such as thesauri, classification schemes, subject heading systems and taxonomies within the framework of the Semantic Web.
This particular committee is working with the semantic web deployment working group (SWDWG), so they are working to develop knowledge representation / organization schema that will work with the goals of semantic web projects. Interesting.
The SKOS Wikipedia entry gives more of the history and vision. At least in a more readable fashion.