Group: CWA working group 2.6: Nanopublications


The Concept Web Alliance is an organization founded to promote the semantically rich publication and dissemination of life science data and knowledge.

The basic underlying units of this knowledge will be 'triples' - concept-relationship-concept - represented using the Resource Description Framework (RDF) specification of the W3C. Technologies that are built around RDF such as RDF Triplestores, URIs, Query Languages and OWL will have immediate importance to this and other CWA Working Groups including 2.3 (Storage and Maintenance), 2.4 (Unique and Persistent ID) and 2.9 (Triple Browser and Reasoning). Whilst RDF Triples will form the core of CWA recommendations, data and knowledge have structural complexities that cannot be represented with triples alone.

This CWA Working Group is responsible for recommending the higher order structures amongst triples and the vocabularies for describing these structures.  The resulting triple model will allow features such as domain context for a triple (e.g. gene expression under certain conditions), metadata for triples (e.g. authorship).

Created at: Wednesday 12 August 2009 14:12:31 (UTC)



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    Nanopublication / Format Working Group Mailing List
    Dear Group Members, We have recently set up a mailing list for discussion of the work in this group. You can subscribe to it here: The mailing list address is   Best regards, Andrew
    Wednesday 27 January 2010 09:13:35 (UTC)
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    paul groth commented:
    Hi All, I wanted to introduce myself, my name is Paul Groth. I'm a researcher in the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning Group at the VU University Amsterdam. Since I heard about the concept web at e-Science back in December, I've been thinking about some ideas for the nanopublications format.&nbs …
    Thursday 07 January 2010 17:10:56 (UTC)
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    Andrew Gibson commented:
    Dear Peter-Jan, Thanks for your comments / questions, I will try and summarize a response here to the points listed on your website. In trying to be brief, my answers may not be thorough. 1) Triples do not have identifiers. Technically this is true, in so far that there is no explicit reccomendation …
    Tuesday 10 November 2009 15:49:23 (UTC)
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    Gudmundur 'Mummi' Thorisson joined the CWA working group 2.6: Nanopublications group
    Tuesday 10 November 2009 00:33:28 (UTC)
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    Peter-Jan Roes commented:
    Dear group members, Is the RDF triple model the only triple model under consideration or is it possible that this group will decide on a different model? It seems to me that RDF has its limitations. As the developer of WikiData I have tried to find out whether its triple model is compatible with RDF …
    Tuesday 27 October 2009 09:53:44 (UTC)
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    Peter-Jan Roes joined the CWA working group 2.6: Nanopublications group
    Friday 23 October 2009 17:35:51 (UTC)
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    Dmitry Katsubo commented:
    Dear group members! Here I've started the initiative to make a formal comparison of triple stores. As I physically cannot make an overview of all triple stores in the world and you happen to possess any interesting experience with some triple store, please, share it in a wiki (and mark with an approp …
    Wednesday 21 October 2009 15:42:53 (UTC)
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    Andrew Gibson created the CWA working group 2.6: Nanopublications group
    Wednesday 12 August 2009 14:12:31 (UTC)

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