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Semantic Web

Information about a particular person, topic or digital resource can be created by multiple users, served by various services and dispersed across multiple sites over the Internet. Adoption of standardised metadata vocabularies and ontologies, expressed in standardised machine-processable languages such as the resource description framework or DAML+OIL are contributing to the realisation of the next generation web – the semantic web. One of the key promises of the semantic web is that it will provide the necessary infrastructure for enabling services and applications on the web to automatically aggregate and integrate information into a sum which is greater than the individual parts.

Semantic web services are enabling networked computer programs to process and consume information. Based on standards such as SOAP, XML and WSDL, these services provide a standardised way of enabling web/grid-based application-to-application interoperability. More recently the semantic web services initiative has developed OWL-S/DAML-S, an OWL ontology which enables web services to be described semantically and their descriptions to be processed and understood by software agents. A number of projects are using OWL-S to describe their domain-specific services and enable software agents to automatically discover, compose, invoke and monitor the most appropriate web services.

In parallel with advancements in the development of the semantic web, is a rapid increase in the size and range of resources available on the web/grid. This research attepts to exploit these developments – the rapid growth in content, the standardisation of content description and the development of the semantic web infrastructure to facilitate collaboration and sharing and preservation of digital resources.

Related Publications

A. Newman, Y.-F. Li, and J. Hunter, "Scalable Semantics - the Silver Lining of Cloud Computing", 4th IEEE International Conference on e-Science (e-Science) 2008. Indianapolis, USA, December 7-12, 2008.

S. Ferndriger, A. Bernstein, J. S. Dong, Y. Z. Feng, Y.-F. Li and J. Hunter, "Enhancing Semantic Web Services with Inheritance", 7th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC) 2008. Karlsruhe, Germany, October 26 - 30, 2008.

J.Hunter, S.Little, R.Schroeter, "The Application of Semantic Web Technologies to Multimedia Data Fusion within eScience" invited book chapter for Springer Semantic Multimedia and Ontologies: Theory and Applications, Kompatsiaris, Yiannis; Hobson, Paola (Eds.) 2008.

K. Cheung, J. Drennan, J. Hunter, "Towards an Ontology for Data-driven Discovery of New Materials", Semantic Scientific Knowledge Integration, Stanford University, Mar 26-28, 2008.

K. Cheung and J. Hunter. "Provenance Explorer - Customized Provenance Views Using Semantic Inferencing" Proceedings of the Fifth International Semantic Web conference, ISWC2006. Athens, GA, USA. November 2006. pp 215-227. doi:10.1007/11926078_16.

K. Cheung and J. Hunter. "Provenance Explorer - A Tool for Viewing Provenance Trails and Constructing Scientific Publication Packages". Digital Library Goes e-Science (DLSci06). Alicante, Spain. September 2006. pp 13 - 26. (Alternative location)

J. Hunter and S. Choudhury. "PANIC - An Integrated Approach to the Preservation of Complex Digital Objects using Semantic Web Services" International Journal on Digital Libraries: Special Issue on Complex Digital Objects. 6(2). April 2006. pp 174-183. doi:10.1007/s00799-005-0134-z

J. Hunter. "Adding Multimedia to the Semantic Web - Building and Applying an MPEG-7 Ontology" Chapter 3 of "Multimedia Content and the Semantic Web", Eds. Giorgos Stamou and Stefanos Kollias, Wiley, 2005.

J. Hunter and S. Choudhury. "Semi-Automated Preservation and Archival of Scientific Data using Semantic Grid Services" Semantic Infrastructure for Grid Computing Applications Workshop at the International Symposium on Cluster Computing and the Grid, CCGrid 2005. Cardiff, UK. May 2005. (Alternative location).

J. Hunter and S. Choudhury. "A Semi-Automated Digital Preservation System based on Semantic Web Services" Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2004. Tucson, Arizona, USA. June 2004. pp 269-278. doi:10.1145/996350.996415

J. Hunter, R. Schroeter, B. Koopman, and M. Henderson. "Using the Semantic Grid to Build Bridges between Museums and Indigenous Communities" Global Grid Forum: Semantic Grid Applications Workshop. Honolulu, Hawaii. June 2004. pp 46 - 60. (Alternative location).

J. Hunter, J. Drennan, and S. Little. "Realizing the Hydrogen Economy through Semantic Web Technologies" IEEE Intelligent Systems Journal - Special Issue on eScience. January 2004. 19 (1). pp 40-47. doi:10.1109/MIS.2004.1265884

S. Little, J. Geurts, and J. Hunter. "The Dynamic Generation of Intelligent Multimedia Presentations through Semantic Inferencing" The Sixth European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology for Digital Libraries, ECDL 2002. Rome, Italy. September 2002. pp 158- 175. (Alternative location).

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