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Gone Fishin’

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Roman Aquaduct, Segovia

A Fish

The project website is now online. is a collaboration between the University of Manchester School of Computer Science, the Freshwater Biological Association, King’s College London Centre for e-Research and Queen Mary, University of London River Communities Group funded under JISC’s Managing Research Data Programme. The project overview is as follows:

Motivated by the large quantity of diverse data in the freshwater biology community, FISH.Link will provide a demonstrator of the benefits of publishing data by illustrating how data can be combined, repurposed and reused with attribution and provenance information to promote data sharing. The project intends to support the sharing and integration of research data through the application of lightweight vocabularies and vocabulary mapping, facilitating integration of data sets, and moving towards the Web of Data that forms the current Linked Open Data vision.

A case study that addresses a real scientific question will be used to provide motivation, requirements and support evaluation. will produce tools that allow fresh water biologists to publish data in to the Linked Data Cloud. These tools will be integrated into the FISHnet platform that supports the data life cycle in fresh water science and will use SKOS for the representation of vocabularies.

The project will run for 12 months until July 2011.


Written by Sean Bechhofer

August 24, 2010 at 10:04 am

Posted in linked data, projects, skos

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Reheating the OWL API

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Stockport Viaduct

What's Cooking?

We’ve just submitted a short paper to the Semantic Web Journal about the OWL API [1] (which coincidentally has a new release just out). It’s over seven years since we first started work on this. I’m still not quite sure where the title for the original paper [2] came from though — I blame Raphael Volz.

The API has been used in a variety of projects and tools, including Protege-4 and the NeOn Toolkit and the download statistics for the API are still very encouraging — over 34,000 downloads in total for the project, with 500+ per month over the last year. Web traffic to the site is also showing an increasing trend.

OWL API Downloads

OWL API Downloads

The Semantic Web Journal is operating with an open and transparent review process, which has some overlap with the Ontogenesis Knowledge Blog [3] experiment that I was involved in earlier this year. It’ll be interesting to see how much community input the open review process attracts, and what effect the open nature has on the tone of the reviews. Get your comments in now — we can take it!


  1. OWL API
  2. S. Bechhofer, R. Volz and P. Lord. Cooking the Semantic Web with the OWL API. 2nd International Semantic Web Conference, ISWC 2003 DOI: 10.1007/b14287
  3. Ontogenesis Knowledge Blog.

Written by Sean Bechhofer

August 23, 2010 at 10:07 am

Posted in owl, tools