Monday, February 14, 2011

News and updates

Since our last meeting in Washington, DC we worked out some of the object relationships and how we want to formalize concept/objects such as individuals, specimens, vouchers etc. for the purposes of our network. We also agreed to consider implementing RDF in our design. To this end, a number of people have since purchased and read (hopefully past the introduction) the book "Semantic Web for the Working Ontologist: Effective Modeling in RDFS and OWL". Finally, we agreed to deliver a working prototype of the BiSciCol network in July 2011, implementing data from Biocode, CalPhotos, and UF.

During January and the first part of February, John Deck (Berkeley), Rob Guralnick (Colorado U.), and Brian Stuckey (Colorado U.) have been crafting a technical implementation plan for the BiSciCol prototype. CU has offered a server and Tomcat instance for our prototypes and Brian has been implementing that along with getting the web interface going. John has been working on a model that ties together collecting events, specimens, tissues, DNA extractions, and photographs (more object types later), while incorporating location and modification date. Taxonomy is notably absent for now and we will soon be working more closely with Rich Pyle and Rob Whitton (Bishop Museum). Codebase is Java and inferencing/RDF work being implemented in Jena/ARQ (open source Java).

On the 23rd and 24th of February, John and Brian will be at UF for a technical meeting with Nico Cellinese, Kate Rachwal, Russ Watkins, and special guest Steve Bauskauf (Vanderbilt University) to review the UF implementation and proposed model. We will also work remotely with Rich Pyle and Rob Whitton. More details on this meeting will be posted soon. Given our prototype deadline of July 2011 we have a lot of ahead of us, especially in integrating taxonomic names components but we feel we are on target with progress to date.

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