May 22, 10-11:30 a.m., Allen Auditorium - NISO/DCMI Webinar "Semantic Mashups Across Large, Heterogeneous Institutions: Experiences from the VIVO Service"
May 22, 2013
from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
|Contact Name||Elaine Jennerich|
|Contact Phone||(206) 685-1464|
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About the Webinar
VIVO is a semantic web application focused on discovering researchers and research publications in the life sciences. The service, which uses open-source software originally developed and implemented at Cornell University, operates by harvesting data about researcher interests, activities, and accomplishments from academic, administrative, professional, and funding sources. Using a built-in, editable ontology for describing things such as People, Courses, and Publications, data is transformed into a Semantic-Web-compliant form. VIVO provides automated and self-updating processes for improving data quality and authenticity. Starting with a classic Google-style search box, VIVO users can browse search results structured around people, research interests, courses, publications, and the like -- data that can be exposed for re-use by other systems in a machine-readable format.
This webinar, held by a veteran at the Albert R. Mann Library Information Technology Services department at Cornell, where the VIVO project was born, presents the perspective of a software developer on the practicalities of building a high-quality Semantic-Web search service on existing data maintained in dozens of formats and software platforms at large, diverse institutions. The talk will highlight services that leverage the Semantic Web platform in innovative ways, e.g., for finding researchers based on the text content of a particular Web page and for visualizing networks of collaboration across institutions.
John Fereira, a senior programmer/analyst and technology strategist at Cornell University, is a contributing member of the VIVO project team. He also consults on issues related to information technology in higher education with an emphasis on open-source, modular, distributed software systems and is currently working on systems based on VIVO software for international Agricultural Information systems communities.