The push to develop the Semantic Web recently received fresh support through a National Science Foundation grant, which has been awarded to researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The $1.1 million grant will support the creation of a software programming tool kit by mid-2010 that will allow scientists and researchers to make data from their work available to a larger audience.
A Semantic Web would enable researchers to present their searches in a more natural way. A semantic interface would allow a researcher to visit a single research site, describe the desired information, and allow ontologies and semantics to find not only that information, but any relevant related information the research may have overlooked.
"The Semantic Web has its own query language that takes advantage of meanings of concepts and their relationships," says Tom Narock, a faculty research assistant at NASA's Goddard Earth Sciences and Technology Center and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. "You ask your question at very high level, and it takes care of filling in the details for you."
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