The Semantic Web: : Service discovery and provenance in myGrid

Phillip Lord, Pinar Alper, Christopher Wroe, Robert Stevens, Carole Goble, Jun Zhao, Duncan Hull, Mark Greenwood

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    Abstract

    The vision of the Semantic Web (SW) is one ??'in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation.??`` (Berners-Lee et al., 2001). It empha- sises the decentralised and autonomous nature of the data over which it operates, as well as the com- plexity of this data. At first sight this seems to fit extremely well with the requirements of the life sci- ences. The nature of the area makes extreme com- plexity the rule rather than the exception. More- over, the history of the sub ject has ensured that most resources are decentralised and autonomous. On the face of it then, SW technologies offer a good technological solution for some of the diffi- culties of the Life Sciences, while the Life Sciences offer a perfect use-case for Semantic Web. Here we discuss two applications that have used seman- tic web technology and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this technology, as well as its impli- cations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationW3C Workshop on Semantic Web for Life Sciences
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004

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