This SemanticAfrica “Peoples” Vocabulary brings Murdock's 1959 anthropological compendium (Africa. Its Peoples and Their Culture History) to the Semantic Web, using the TemaTres vocabulary server. TemaTres is “a web-based thesaurus management package.” It supports SKOS and related technologies: Dublin Core, SPARQL Endpoint, etc. The W3C defines SKOS as “an RDF vocabulary for representing semi-formal knowledge organization systems, such as thesauri, taxonomies, classification schemes…” The goal here is to iteratively turn Murdock's Analog ethnographic database—and similar works—into “machine-readable representations that can be exchanged between software applications and published on the World Wide Web,” for the purpose of expanding and improving our knowledge of Africa.
The African Jews and Caucasian Africans sub-vocabularies are not part of Murdock's original compilation. I decided to include them because they point to communities who have been—for centuries now—integral parts of Africa's human landscape and history, as well as actors in its socioeconomic and cultural evolution. (Tierno S. Bah)