May 23, 2022

Update on PLOS Work in Linked Data

From a PLOS Tech Blog Post:

Late last year we published a blog post in these pages – “PLOS and DBpedia – an experiment towards Linked Data” – where we recounted our first cautious steps in exploring how we might relate PLOS Subject Area terms to related concepts outwith the PLOS publishing platform. Delightfully, several people were interested in this attempt and contacted us with thought-provoking questions and suggestions.

Meanwhile, as a consequence of a meet-up of the Crossref Taxonomy Interest Group ….

….we became aware of the ontologies publishing portal and, having made contact with Tony Hammond (Data Architect, Springer Nature) we met to discuss possible ways forward.

Out of this meeting a plan arose:

• The NPG ontologies are already part of the semantic web by virtue of their relationship to DBpedia and MeSH, as shown in their Subjects Ontology diagram.
• NPG wish to explore establishing linking relationships between their Subject Area terms and ours at PLOS.
• If we were to enable this link to NPG to be made, not only would that would be useful in itself but, by virtue of those links, we could become part of the semantic web due to NPG links-through to DBpedia and MeSH.
• The world would then have another route into PLOS content.

More (About 700 Words and Images) in the Complete Blog Post


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