TWC Web Observatory Portal

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About the TWC Web Observatories

As part of the Web Science Trust, the Web Science Research Center at RPI is dedicated to the development and promotion of Web Observatories. What is a Web Observatory? We define it as: "A global data resource for the advancement of economic & social prosperity." The goal is to mobilize a research community that leverages the strengths of multiple disciplines, methodologies, and theoretical frameworks.

At the WSRC, we've identified four central themes - social spaces, health and wellness, scientific and environmental data and open government - of which we've developed frameworks, processes and tools to aide in research and discovery. These four speak to a growing interest in each of these research areas and to where the collection and analysis of data has scaled significantly thanks to the Web.

This is a work in progress. We hope the tools, publications, projects and data will enable further sharing and collaboration with other researchers interested in these areas across the Web.

Social Spaces Web Observatory

The social media phenomena and its impact on our contemporary daily lives is of growing interest for many at the WSRC. As such, we present the Social Spaces Observatory. Here you will find projects and frameworks developed by the TWC to explore the social web.

  1. Projects
  1. Datasets and Demos
    • Coming Soon
  1. People

Health and Life Sciences Web Observatory

As the demand by both the private and public sectors grows for value added information services, we at RPI WSRC recognize the need for a specialized focus on the health and life sciences. The following are projects and tools we've used to tackle some of these issues.

  1. Projects

  1. Datasets and Demos
  1. People

Science and Environmental Data Web Observatory

The following features semantically-enabled environmental-focused platforms developed with the main goal of enhancing collaborative research across multiple disciplines. More importantly, these example portals provide more sophisticated reasoning on different kinds of data, which we
believe, serve as exemplary approaches to future collaborative scientific research endeavors.

  1. Projects
  1. Datasets and Demos
    • Coming Soon
  1. People
Open Government Web Observatory

Over the past several years, governments from across the world have made significant strides to incorporate transparency practices; resulting in the web serving as a host for a plethora of open government data sets. This push for Open Government Data is not without its challenges in discovery, standardization, etc. At the RPI WSRC, we've worked on the challenges of collecting and searching datasets from various different sources in a variety of ways. The following highlights some of the tools, portals and frameworks developed by the lab.

  1. Projects

  1. Datasets and Demos
  1. People
Tools to create your own Web Observatory

Over the years, the TWC has built many of the tools and developed the frameworks needed to explore the many facets of the Web. Specifically, Prizms is a semantically-enriched toolset which provides the basis for an end-to-end system that may require knowledge-intensive, broad-data solutions. The following are the different components that make up the Prizms suite.

  • csv2rdf4lod-automation: is the easiest, quickest way to produce RDF encoding of data available in Comma-Separated-Values (CSV)
  • DataFAQs: is a Linked Data quality evaluation framework.
  • vsr: visual strategies for RDF.
  • LodSpeakr: is an Open Source framework to create Linked Data applications and publish RDF data in a fast way and without much effort.

**Coming soon: An online tutorial of how to create and publish your own Web Observator**

Schema.org Vocabularies

The following are the shared markup vocabularies developed by the TWC and specific to Web Observatories. For more information, please visit Schema.org or contact Dominic DiFranzo.

Web Observatory Publications
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