Tomorrow's Scientific Community?

Machine usable applications and processable data -- on the Web:

  • Unique names for data, applications, descriptions, relationships (URIs)
  • Web Service-enabled applications (SOAP, WSDL, etc.)
  • Common data model for expressing information (RDF)
  • Common vocabulary framework (OWL)
    • Communities develop their own ontologies
    • Shared ontologies for widely used vocabularies
      • Core math/sci, people, calendar, geospatial ...
    • Mapping ontologies between community ontologies, where needed

  • Can use WS and SemWeb technologies to interface to existing databases
Einstein spider on a Web of science

(Science and the Semantic Web, J. Hendler, Science, Jan 2003)