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John S. Erickson
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TWed Discussion: Semantic Markdown: Embedding Workflow Semantics via R MarkdownTWed Discussion: Semantic Markdown: Embedding Workflow Semantics via R Markdown
January 30, 2017
TWed Discussion, Wednesday, February 01, 2017, 6:00pm ET, Winslow Building on the RPI Campus

Please join us as John Erickson discuss recent thoughts on using esp. R Markdown to extend the RStudio environment to enabling data analysts to directly generate and publish RDF that richly describes the semantics of their scripts. This is a possible next step towards best practices for "in situ" embedding of appropriate concepts and vocabulary from established ontologies (including ProvONE and domain ontologies) into practical workflows.
TWed Discussion: Dissecting Datathons: Past, Present, FutureTWed Discussion: Dissecting Datathons: Past, Present, Future
May 2, 2016
TWed Discussion, Wednesday, May 04, 2016, 6:00pm ET, Winslow Building on the RPI Campus

Please join us as Rensselaer IDEA operatives Tom Morgan and John Erickson host a discussion of datathons past and future, including a retrospective on the 2016 RPI IDEA Datathon held this past weekend (30 Apr - 01 May).
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Launches Initiative on Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development Knowledge: Semantic and Data Analytic SupportRensselaer Polytechnic Institute Launches Initiative on Healthy Birth, Growth, and Development Knowledge: Semantic and Data Analytic Support
August 13, 2015
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for the purpose of supporting the Healthy birth, growth and development (HBGD) initiative integration of multidisciplinary data to understand more fully the effects of risk factors on growth outcomes and to develop effective solutions that improve worldwide child health.

Rensselaer technical leader for the project is Deborah McGuinness, Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor, director of the Rensselaer Web Science Research Center, and a member of The Rensselaer Institute for Data Exploration and Applications (IDEA) senior leadership committee.
TWC release version 1.3 of DCO Single Sign-OnTWC release version 1.3 of DCO Single Sign-On
December 2, 2014
On Tuesday, December 2, 2014 the Tetherless World Constellation's Deep Carbon Observatory Data Science Team released version 1.3 of the DCO Single Sign-On system.

Patrick West, John Erickson, Marshall Ma, Han Wang, and Yu Chen contributed to the release.

The release contained multiple bug fixes, new functionality and enhancements, and code that will pave the way for future enhancements such as a DCO User Management Dashboard and additional information collected from new users during registration.

The new features built upon linked data principles, tying assertions between systems and between people, organizations, communities, and interests. Information collected at registration are now pushed to the DCO Information Portal, which is based on VIVO. And that information is displayed within the DCO Community Portal, which is based on Drupal. All of this information is retrievable via web browser and is also machine accessible. The VIVO endpoint is available for querying of this new information.
TWeD Talk: A First Look at the Deep Carbon Observatory Data PortalTWeD Talk: A First Look at the Deep Carbon Observatory Data Portal
October 23, 2013
There's always something happening on Wednesday evenings in the Tetherless World!

TWeD Talk, Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 7pm ET, Winslow Building on the RPI Campus

In support of the Deep Carbon Observastory the DCO-Data Science Team has adapted, extended, and integrated several open source applications and frameworks to create a novel Web-based collaborative research plaform well-suited to emerging science networks. In this talk the DCO-DS team will discuss how we have combined platforms including Drupal, VIVO, CKAN, and the Handle System in ways that leverage and reinforce knowledge networks inherent to the distributed research enterprise.

The DCO Data Portal is a Web-based service integrating an object-type repository, collaboration tools, an ability to identify and manage all key entities in the platform, and an integrated portal to manage diverse content and applications, with varied access levels and privacy options. In this informal talk we'll demonstrate how global science networks composed of people, diverse intellectual artifacts produced or consumed in research, organizational and/or outreach activities, as well as the relations among them can be modeled as knowledge networks, documented using formal ontologies and instantiated within platforms including the DCO Data Portal. Nodes within such networks may be people, organizations, datasets, events, presentations, publications, videos, meetings, reports, groups, and more. In such a heterogeneous ecosystem, common informatics approaches are used to co-design and co-evolve the needed research platforms to help ensure they reflect what real people want to use them for.
Semantic Tech In Service Helping First Responders Stay SafeSemantic Tech In Service Helping First Responders Stay Safe
October 29, 2012
It’s probably safe to say that people want their firefighters, EMT, law enforcement and other emergency responders to be as best-equipped for their jobs as possible, so that they can be successful and well-protected, too.

Semantic technology can have a hand in making sure that happens. Deborah McGuinness, Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor and Director of Web Science Operations John Erickson. both of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) , are spearheading an effort, thanks to some funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST) under program manager William G. Billotte, to use semantic technology and social media to help that organization better understand what requirements should be for these heroes.
TWC Team Wins Triplification Challenge at I-SEMANTICS TWC Team Wins Triplification Challenge at I-SEMANTICS
September 15, 2011
The annual I-SEMANTICS Conference hosted its fourth Triplification Challenge, an event aimed at stimulating the availability of large quantities of RDF data and showcasing practical applications built on that data. The Challenge consisted of an unspecific open data track and a dedicated open government data track for which winners were selected. The prize money of 1000 Euro each was sponsored by Wolters Kluwer Germany. The open government data track award was won by the TWC team of John Erickson, Yongmei Shi, Li Ding, Eric Rozell, Jin Zheng and Jim Hendler for their contribution TWC International Open Government Dataset Catalog (IOGDC). Ph.D. student Eric Rozell presented the team's work and accepted the award on behalf of the team. Eric's innovative S2S faceted browser is featured in the IOGDC live demo.
Tetherless World Undergrad Research Program welcomes 10 students for Spring term!Tetherless World Undergrad Research Program welcomes 10 students for Spring term!
February 11, 2011
The Tetherless World Constellation (TWC) at RPI welcomes ten students to its Undergraduate Research Program for Spring 2011, its largest group yet!