Semantics and Linked Open Data: The OceanLink Project


A wide spectrum of maturing methods and tools, collectively characterized as the Semantic Web, is helping to vastly improve the dissemination of scientific research results. Access to research data is expected by funding agency representatives and required by scientists engaged in cross-disciplinary research topics including, for example, marine ecosystem studies. Creating semantic integration requires collaboration between domain and cyberinfrastructure scientists. The OceanLink project, an NSF EarthCube Building Block, is demonstrating semantic technologies through the integration of ocean science data from repositories, library holdings, conference abstracts, and research award abstracts. We will present our use of Semantic Web technologies, including Ontology Design Patterns and Linked Open Data, to improve ocean science data discovery and integration.

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