dotACExploring the UK Research Landscape<br />Nicholas Gibbins &lt;nmg@ecs.soton.ac.uk&gt;<br />ILRT, 2009-09-21<br />
Background<br />Much information is gathered about researchers<br />by institutions (through self-archiving mandates)<br /...
CS AKTive Space<br />3<br />
not widely used<br />AKT ontology<br />4<br />RAE2001<br />EPrints<br />applications<br />gatherers<br />datasources<br />...
Changes since 2003<br />Emergence of CERIF as a likely common format for RIS<br />Spread of self-archiving mandates and in...
Ontologies<br />CS AKTive Space used a purpose-designed ontology<br />Few relevant ontologies  at the time (DC + FOAF + ?)...
EPrintsRDF<br />Extension to EPrints3 to allow native publishing of RDF as linked data<br />RDF metadata using 303 See Oth...
CERIF<br />Currently the most credible format for RIS, but…<br />Not widely used<br />Unclear purpose<br />Poorly document...
CERIF2RDF<br />dotAC deliverable (in progress)<br />Mapping of core CERIF classes and properties to a selection of widely ...
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  • Semantic Web Challenge winner in 2003(started 2001-2002)
  • dotAC in some respects is an attempt to do this right
  • Choice of a purpose-designed ontology was largely pragmatic – there wasn’t anything else that would do the job in 2001
  • Teenage sex – everyone is talking about it, no-one actually seems to be doing it.Is it an interchange format or a native storage format? (c.f. DC)What are the permitted values in the semantic layer, and when do they mean?Should be a conceptual model rather than a database schema (c.f. C2IEDM, DC)DB constraints (particularly for start/end dates) are cumbersome.
  • Hard to know how CERIF is being used, or is likely to be used
  • dotAC: Exploring the Uk Research Landscape

    1. 1. dotACExploring the UK Research Landscape<br />Nicholas Gibbins &lt;nmg@ecs.soton.ac.uk&gt;<br />ILRT, 2009-09-21<br />
    2. 2. Background<br />Much information is gathered about researchers<br />by institutions (through self-archiving mandates)<br />by research councils<br />This information does not directly benefit researchers<br />The goal of dotAC is to repurpose this information and use it to help researchers understand their communities<br />Not the first time that we’ve gone down this route…<br />2<br />
    3. 3. CS AKTive Space<br />3<br />
    4. 4. not widely used<br />AKT ontology<br />4<br />RAE2001<br />EPrints<br />applications<br />gatherers<br />datasources<br />knowledge repository(3store)<br />not linked data,<br />poor coreference<br />screen scraped<br />
    5. 5. Changes since 2003<br />Emergence of CERIF as a likely common format for RIS<br />Spread of self-archiving mandates and institutional repositories<br />Growth of the Web of Linked Data<br />Recognition of the coreference problem on the SW<br />Related work:<br />ECSRDF<br />RKBExplorer and CRS<br />5<br />
    6. 6. Ontologies<br />CS AKTive Space used a purpose-designed ontology<br />Few relevant ontologies at the time (DC + FOAF + ?)<br />Little reuse of AKT data<br />Growth of Linked Data has led to widespread adoption of other ontologies in this space:<br />BIBO<br />DOAP<br />SIOC<br />DCQ<br />6<br />
    7. 7. EPrintsRDF<br />Extension to EPrints3 to allow native publishing of RDF as linked data<br />RDF metadata using 303 See Other pattern<br />Uses BIBO+DCQ+FOAF<br />Publish extension as part of future Eprints release<br />7<br />
    8. 8. CERIF<br />Currently the most credible format for RIS, but…<br />Not widely used<br />Unclear purpose<br />Poorly documented<br />Prematurely encoded<br />Overly restrictive<br />Unlikely to lead to reuse of data in its current form<br />8<br />
    9. 9. CERIF2RDF<br />dotAC deliverable (in progress)<br />Mapping of core CERIF classes and properties to a selection of widely used RDF/OWL ontologies:<br />FOAF+DOAP+BIBO+DCQ+OWL Time<br />Extension of above ontologies for common CERIF terms not otherwise covered<br />Translator from XML serialisation of CERIF2008 to RDF<br />Made more difficult by lack of real world CERIF data<br />9<br />

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