Posts Tagged ‘Science’

Building The Scientific Knowledge Graph

saimgeStandard Analytics, which was a participant at the recent TechStars event in New York City, has a big goal on its mind: To organize the world’s scientific information by building a complete scientific knowledge graph.

The company’s co-founders, Tiffany Bogich and Sebastien Ballesteros,came to the conclusion that someone had to take on the job as a result of their own experience as researchers. A problem they faced, says Bogich, was being able to access all the information behind published results, as well as search and discover across papers. “Our thesis is that if you can expose the moving parts – the data, code, media – and make science more discoverable, you can really advance and accelerate research,” she says.

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VIVO Looks To Next-Gen Scholarship And Its Interconnected Future

VIVO, a semantic information representation system that enables collaboration among scientists across all disciplines, has had a busy summer: The open source project to facilitate the advancement of research and discovery by integrating information about scholars, their activities, and outputs, gained a more permanent home in the DuraSpace Incubator, ensuring a way to continue activities after its NIH grant continuation year ran out. It saw the publication of VIVO: A Semantic Approach to Scholarly Networking and Discovery. And Northwestern University brought its researchers together in a single hub called Northwestern Scholars, an implementation of Elsevier’s SciVal Experts research networking tool (see our story here).

The future is looking pretty bright, too. “We are very interested in funding, research resources, scholarly works, scholars and data sets,” says Mike Conlon, primary investigator of the VIVO project. “As the world moves forward, these things are all inter-related, but that’s been very blurry, especially to organizations and institutions.” Funding agencies, for example, want to know what work was produced as a result of its grants to a major center. It no longer is just a question of who wrote a paper, but who funded it, what tools were behind it, and how was the data produced, and how all these things inter-relate in a scholarly data system.

“Connecting these things becomes the work of the future,” says Conlon.

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Science & Semantic Technology

Of all the areas where Semantic Technology may help to transform current practices, no one area may be impacted more than Science.

I’ll distinguish empirical science from the myriad of other sciences by stating that it is characterized more by processes designed to facilitate discovery – the scientific method. The goal of empirical science is to solve problems, it does so through answering a series of questions, often through use of experimentation. Of the IT domains I’ve discussed previously the one that is most involved in pure science is Healthcare, so let’s take a look at that for moment.

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Microsoft Rubs Shoulders with Open Source – SYS-CON Media


SYS-CON Media
Microsoft Rubs Shoulders with Open Source
SYS-CON Media, NJ
“The Web is broken for scientific researchers – full of hyperlinks of scholarly articles, but it is nearly impossible for us to find what we need,” said John Wilbanks, VP for Science at Creative Commons. “The semantic Web tool will help bridge the gap

Microsoft Releases Open Ontology Tools to Enhance Scientific Research … – PR Newswire

Microsoft Releases Open Tools to Enhance Scientific Research
PR Newswire (press release), NY
"The Web is broken for scientific researchers — full of hyperlinks of scholarly articles, but it is nearly impossible for us to find what we need," said John Wilbanks , vice president for Science at Creative Commons. "The semantic Web tool will help