Exploring the Uses of the Semantic Web for Scholarship
NEW YORK, October 21, 2011 –

In the future, will researchers depend on the Semantic Web? On Wednesday, November 2, at 12:00 PM in Columbia University’s Faculty House Presidential Rooms 2 & 3, the event “Harnessing the Semantic Web for Scholarship” will answer that question by offering an introduction to the Semantic Web and exploring how it can be best used for scholarship. The event is free and open to the public.  


The Semantic Web links data to other data via machine-readable information. Scholars from a wide variety of fields are applying semantic technologies to their research. At this event, panelists will cover examples of the scholarly use of linked data and its creation. The panel will also consider how linked data is changing the process and outcomes of research.   

The speakers are innovators in using the Semantic Web to facilitate scholarship and research. Micki McGee is an assistant professor of Sociology at Fordham University and is project director of the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Compatible Database Initiative, a project aiming to generate standards for shared, interoperable data sets for humanities‑based network analysis projects. Benno Blumenthal is Data Library Manager at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) at Columbia University. He is currently interested in using semantic technologies to facilitate the distribution of Earth science data for public use, and he is the author of the IRI/Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Climate Data Library, which offers freely accessible climate data via the Web. Cristina Pattuelli is an assistant professor at the Pratt School of Library and Information Science. Her research focuses on information organization and the knowledge representation methods and tools applied to information systems, with a current emphasis on using semantic technologies in cultural heritage resources.

Sponsored by Columbia University’s Scholarly Communication Program and the Digital Humanities Center, the Digital Social Science Center, and the Digital Science Center in the Columbia University Libraries, this event is free and open to the public. It is the second event of this semester in the speaker series, Research Without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, organized by the Scholarly Communication Program. Follow the series remotely via Twitter at http://twitter.com/ScholarlyComm. For information about Research without Borders, please email Kathryn Pope at kp2002@columbia.edu, or visit http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/events.

The Scholarly Communication Program (SCP) explores innovative models for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, hosts events and maintains a website to educate the Columbia community about changes taking place within the scholarly communication system. Services provided by the SCP and its sister programs support promising new modes of scholarly exchange.

The Columbia University Libraries Digital Centers offer extensive information and technology services to support teaching, learning, and research. The Digital Social Science Center, the Digital Science Center, and the Digital Humanities Center bring together people, equipment, and information resources in an environment where users can work collaboratively, individually, or in consultation with staff.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 11 million volumes, over 150,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, and graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 500 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries is the gateway to its services and resources: library.columbia.edu.

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