Here we list a set of materials of particular interest to people new to the semantic web. Let's try to keep these lists short and of high value.



Semantic Web Stack, RDF, OWL, SPARQL, and SWRL


Semantic Search

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people & organizations



Many if not most ontology efforts are focused on defining logical relationships among concepts and terminology, where the concepts are the classes in the ontology and properties encode distinct relationships among the concepts, including general notions of part of, member of, broader/narrower, or more specialized relationships suchs those between symptoms and a disease, or between a disease and its carrier.

Example work:

  • Neuroscience Information Framework, as described for a NCBO webinar series announcement, Maryanne Martone, 11/4/09: Search through the NIF portal is enhanced through the utilization of a comprehensive ontology (NIFSTD) covering major domains in neuroscience, including diseases, brain anatomy, cell types, subcellular anatomy, small molecules, techniques and resource descriptors. Through the NIFSTD vocabularies, users can expand search using synonyms and related terms and resource providers. NIFSTD also provides a large neuroscience-centered vocabulary for resource providers to utilize when building or annotating tools and data. In the past year, the NIF has undergone a significant upgrade in both functionality and content. New features make it easier to search across the NIF information sources and to organize and view results. The NIF vocabularies continue to be enhanced and expanded. Tools for resource providers to make their tools and data available through NIF have been improved. NIF has also made available a set of community tools whereby neuroscientists can contribute their knowledge and expertise, including the Neurolex Wiki, a semantically enhanced Wiki where each page represents a NIFSTD concept.
  • MeSH Ontology in OWL Format

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