Our aim is to develop a prototype demonstrator that synthesises research information from heterogeneous sources, resolves name co-reference issues between the sources, and presents it to research-focussed end users through an interface that will allow them to explore the state of the research landscape in UKHE.

We’re building on a series of successful Semantic Web applications that have harnessed research information to provide users with a navigable information space that they can use to better understand the context of their research communities.

Our goal is to aggregate publicly available research data from institutional repositories (via OAI-PMH) and research council information systems (typically in CERIF format) and use RKB Explorer as the basis for a browser over the data, further supplementing it with geographical visualisations. The key components of our work will be to develop expressive ontologies for representing CRIS data (with the goal of exporting CERIF data in a way that enables it to become part of the Web of Linked Data), and to manage the issue of coreference between the heterogeneous sources that we’re using (different names for the same entities).

Our research team is as follows:


You can try the dotAC Explorer application today!

Note: this research was undertaken in June – September 2009. The underlying data is probably considerably out of date.