Monday, October 12, 2009

How Semantic Technology is revolutionizing the massive e-Science project!

The researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are planning to leverage the semantic technology to solve knowledge acquisition problems for scientists in the scientific domain. Scientists can ask questions outside their domain and get the relevant answers by collaborating with data from various sources. The effort is very similar to the wikipedia except that the data will not reside at one place and all data will be semantically encoded. Each website will semantically represent the scientific data i.e various ontologies will be built for each area.

There are two things which I like about this initiative:
- Raw data is available for everyone, scientists, researchers or a school teacher to access
- It won't be confined to peer review only which is customary in scientific publishing. Even an elementary school teaacher can review the work of a scientist and comment on it.

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