Posts Tagged ‘Semantic Web Journal’

Rewarding Improved Access to Linked Data


A new paper out of the Semantic Web journal shares a proposed system, Five Stars of Linked Data Vocabulary Use. The paper was written by Krzysztof Janowicz, Pascal Hitzler, Benjamin Adams, Dave Kolas, and Charles Vardeman II. The abstract states, “In 2010 Tim Berners-Lee introduced a 5 star rating to his Linked Data design issues page to encourage data publishers along the road to good Linked Data. What makes the star rating so effective is its simplicity, clarity, and a pinch of psychology — is your data 5 star?” Read more

Linked Data on the Rise in SOA Efforts

Joe McKendrick of ZDnet recently argued that Linked Data is the next frontier for service-oriented businesses. He turns to a paper in the Semantic Web Journal for support. McKendrick writes, “Data is the extremely valuable commodity that the business needs to manage, digest and share, but the challenge of data integration hasn’t been fully resolved by XML, Web services or service oriented architecture. The paper, co-authored by a team led by Philipp Frischmuth and Jakub Klímek and posted on the Semantic Web Journal site, observes that classic SOA implementations to date have focused on transaction processing, but organizations seeking to being together their disparate data silos need to move on to the next step: linked data.” Read more

Cry Me A River, But First Let’s Agree About What A River Is

How do you define a forest? How about deforestation? It sounds like it would be fairly easy to get agreement on those terms. But beyond the basics – that a definition for the first would reflect that a forest is a place with lots of trees and the second would reflect that it’s a place where there used to be lots of trees – it’s not so simple.

And that has consequences for everything from academic and scientific research to government programs. As explained by Krzysztof Janowicz,  perfectly valid definitions for these and other geographic terms exist by the hundreds, in legal texts and government documents and elsewhere, and most of them don’t agree with each other. So, how can one draw good conclusions or make important decisions when the data informing those is all over the map, so to speak.

“You cannot ask to show me a map of the forests in North America because the definition of forest differs between not just the U.S. and Canada but also between U.S. member states,” says Janowicz, Assistant Professor for geographic information science at UC Santa Barbara who’s one of the organizers of this week’s GeoVoCamp focusing on geo-ontology design patterns and bottom-up, data-driven semantics.

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SWJ Call for Surveys on Semantic Technologies

The Semantic Web journal has issued a special call for surveys on application areas of semantic technologies. According to the article, “Semantic Web technologies are currently in a transition from research to practice. The amount of progress made in different application areas, however, differs significantly, as do the challenges which lie ahead. The Semantic Web journal calls for survey papers on the state of the art in research, development, and deployment of Semantic Web technologies in specific application areas and domains. Surveys should focus on one specific application area and discuss in a comprehensive way (1) its importance, (2) the particular (past, present, and future) challenges faced in applying Semantic technologies in this area, and (3) the state of the art in developing foundational principles and practical solutions related to this area.” Read more

SWJ Call for Papers on Health Care Linked Data

The Semantic Web Journal has issued a call for papers on the topic of linked data for health care and the life sciences. According to the post, “Due to their descriptive nature and ongoing need to integrate large amounts of heterogeneous data, the areas of health care and the life sciences have long been used as a test-bed for the feasibility of Semantic Web technologies. Large scale integration projects like Bio2RDF, Chem2Bio2RDF, and the W3C HCLS’s (Health Care and Life Sciences) Linked Open Drug Data (LODD) have not only significantly contributed to the development of the Semantic Web’s Linked Data effort, but have also made social and technical contributions towards data integration, knowledge management, and knowledge discovery.” Read more

The Semantic Web Journal Issues a Call for Papers on Microposts

The Semantic Web Journal is putting out a special issue on the semantics of microposts: “The aim of this special issue is to publish a collection of papers covering the range of topics relevant to the analysis, use and reuse of Micropost data. This should cover a wide scope of work that represents current efforts in the fields collaborating with the Semantic Web community to address the challenges identified for the extraction of semantics in Microposts, and the development of intuitive, effective tools that make use of the rich, collective knowledge.” Read more