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Re: Workshop: Practical Semantic Astronomy

From: Norman Gray <norman@astro.gla.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2007 20:44:30 +0100
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To: Linking Open Data <linking-open-data@simile.mit.edu>, Semantic web list <semantic-web@w3.org>


I forgot to mention that the registration deadline for the workshop  
is currently 31 October.

On 2007 Oct 16, at 17:37, Norman Gray wrote:

>
> Karl, hello.
>
> On 2007 Sep 28, at 06:30, Karl Dubost wrote:
>
>> Norman Gray (22 sept. 2007 - 21:37) :
>>> We are pleased to announce a workshop to be held at Caltech,
>>> Pasadena, USA from Monday 18 - Thursday 21 February 2008 on
>>> Practical Semantic Astronomy (http://www.cacr.caltech.edu/semast).
>>>
>>> What you may ask is "Semantic Astronomy", let alone "Practical
>>> Semantic Astronomy"?
>>
>> Could you give a few pointers to information mixing Semantic Web
>> technologies and Astronomy?
>
> There are few so far, but we hope there are some on the way.
>
> The various Virtual Observatory (VO) projects (see <http://
> www.ivoa.net>) are working together to make astronomical data much
> more easily available, to professional astronomers in the first
> instance, but with amateurs and the public targeted further down the
> line.  That requires addressing a number of problems, of searching
> (semantic and otherwise), data modelling, grid computing, application
> development and more.
>
> For example:
>
>    * I want to find databases that have information about compact
> objects; database X describes itself as having information about
> quasars (which are a type of compact object), so I want to hear about
> that.
>
>    * I'm looking at a picture described using an astronomy outreach
> vocabulary, and I want to find journal articles discussing it,
> described using a multi-journal list of keywords.
>
>    * Your archive stores your data using one model; my application
> uses a slightly different one; how do we go about making your data
> accessible to me?
>
> There's a lot of astronomical metadata out there, in the wild, and it
> seems very clear that semantic technologies can have a big impact
> here.  This argument is slowly being won within the VO, and this
> workshop is about pulling together the people who are persuaded of
> that, and putting them in touch with people who have gone ahead of us
> (for example the bioinformatics community), and with SW folk looking
> for interesting use-cases.
>
> Right now, the workshop appears to have about 50:50 CS and astronomy
> people registered.  It's looking good so far, so come along!  <http://
> www.cacr.caltech.edu/semast/>
>
> Myself, I hope to be spending a _lot_ more time on the
> LinkingOpenData list in the future.
>
> All the best,
>
> Norman
>
>
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