A wide spectrum of maturing methods and tools, collectively characterized as Semantic Web Technologies, is enabling machines to complete tasks automatically that previously required human direction. For the Geosciences, Semantic Web Technologies will vastly improve the integration, analysis and dissemination of research data and results. This EAGER project will conduct exploratory research applying state-of-the-art Semantic Web Technologies to support data representation, discovery, analysis, sharing and integration of datasets from the global oceans, and related resources including meeting abstracts and library holdings. A key contribution will be semantically enabled cyberinfrastructure components capable of automated data integration across distributed repositories.

Benefits to Scientists

Semantics Web Technologies:

•Web for All: The social value of the Web is that it enables human communication, commerce, and opportunities to share knowledge. One of W3C's primary goals is to make these benefits available to all people, whatever their hardware, software, network infrastructure, native language, culture, geographical location, or physical or mental ability.
•Web on Everything: The number of different kinds of devices that can access the Web has grown immensely. Mobile phones, smart phones, personal digital assistants, interactive television systems, voice response systems, kiosks and even certain domestic appliances can all access the Web.
•Vision: W3C's vision for the Web involves participation, sharing knowledge, and thereby building trust on a global scale.
•Web for Rich Interaction: The Web was invented as a communications tool intended to allow anyone, anywhere to share information. For many years, the Web was a "read-only" tool for many. Blogs and wikis brought more authors to the Web, and social networking emerged from the flourishing market for content and personalized Web experiences. W3C standards have supported this evolution thanks to strong architecture and design principles.
•Web of Data and Services: Some people view the Web as a giant repository of linked data while others as a giant set of services that exchange messages. The two views are complementary, and which to use often depends on the application.
•Web of Trust: The Web has transformed the way we communicate with each other. In doing so, it has also modified the nature of our social relationships. People now "meet on the Web" and carry out commercial and personal relationships, in some cases without ever meeting in person. W3C recognizes that trust is a social phenomenon, but technology design can foster trust and confidence. As more activity moves on-line, it will become even more important to support complex interactions among parties around the globe.

Project Deliverables

GeoLink: http://www.geolink.org/
Semantics Web: https://www.w3.org/standards/semanticweb/
Linked Data: https://www.w3.org/standards/semanticweb/data


Timothy Finn, University of Maryland Baltimore County (Principal Investigator)

Thomas Narock, Marymount University (Former Principal Investigator)