Semantic web, finally! From the abstract of Peter Murray-Rust, Reader in Molecular Informatics at the University of Cambridge and Senior Research Fellow of Churchill College, via Yan Feng, interesting video on semantic web in chemistry, GoogleInChi, and other issues in informatics environment. Read and watch!
The millions of scientific papers published each year are an amazing source for scientific discovery but in most of them the experimental data is destroyed by the publication process. Publishers insist on converting semantic data into PDF which effectively destroys everything. We have been developing social and technical strategies to preserve and liberate this data and where this has happened have been able to create completely new mashups and other semantic resources.
I was not sure at first what “semantic” web referred to. I found Murray-Rust an excellent speaker, however, and I totally support his cause of making both source codes and data widely available.
I understood that beside other areas that semantic web is implemented, he was reffering that the chemistry, in this case, is ‘ the most tractable discipline for the semantic web’ (turning into XML, using “Chemical Markup Language and complementary MLs such as XHTML, MathML and SVG”).
On Google Video you may also find interesting lectures on Semantic web in science, in general.