JCDL 2006:  Opening Information Horizons

Metadata Tools for Digital Resource Repositories Workshop

June 15, 2006, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Semantic-Web Techniques for Science Portals

Thomas Severiens, Associate Researcher and Project Manager, University of Osnabrück, Germany
Born in 1970 Thomas Severiens studied Physics at the Carl-von-Ossietzky University Oldenburg. In 1995 he started to develop PhysNet. After graduating, together with some colleagues he founded the Institute for Science Networking Oldenburg (ISN). Since 2004 he has worked as a lecturer for Information Engineering and as a researcher at the University of Osnabrüe is one of the chairs of Dublin-Core Working Group "Tools" and was a member of W3C Working Group "XQuery" from 2001 until 2005. His research interests include the development of distributed library systems, user oriented scientific information portals, strategies for long-term preservation of the scientific research output, and development tools for full-text semantics.

On the example of PhysNet (www.physnet.net) this presentation will show, how semantic-web technology can be used for scientific portals. PhysNet is a portal for Physics run since 1995 and continuosly being developed, it today uses an OWL-Lite Ontology and mySQL database for storing triples with the facts, like department information, postal addresses, GPS coordinates, URLs of publication repositories etc.
The presentation will show, how the ontology is used to configure administrational tools, who soap-based web-services are offered as an interface for exchange of facts with other portals.