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11/2/11 event at Columbia: Exploring the Uses of the Semantic Web for Scholarship

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    Cynthia Tobar

    *posted on behalf of Columbia’s Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS)*

    Exploring the Uses of the Semantic Web for Scholarship

    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 For information about Research without Borders, please email Kathryn Pope at, or visit

    Monica Berger

    I don’t think I can go but if any one attends, I’d be thrilled to hear your highlights.

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