Control Your Vocabulary: Real-World Applications of Semantic Technology


About the Webinar

Semantic technologies are slowly opening up a new frontiers in discovery and interaction with content. By tying together related terms, concepts, and data in meaningful ways, we can move beyond keyword searching as the primary means of content discovery in our community. Suppliers of information--both publishers and libraries--need to be aware of this changing landscape and the work that is propelling it forward. This webinar will begin with an overview of the semantic landscape and will then highlight real-world applications and uses of semantic technology, first from the perspective of a researcher trying to address specific scientific problems by using semantic technologies, followed by a publisher that has implemented semantic discovery and interaction tools for their content.

Event Sessions

Welcome & System Overview




Keynote Presentation: An Overview of the Semantic Landscape


VIVO: Enabling National Networking of Scientists


Valrie Davis

Outreach Librarian for Agricultural Sciences, Marston Science Library, University of Florida
University of Florida

Jon Corson-Rikertg

Head of Information Services, Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University
Cornell University

VIVO is an open-source semantic web application originally developed by the Cornell University Library that enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at an institution. In September 2009, the NIH's National Center for Research Resources awarded a grant to the University of Florida, Cornell University, Indiana University Bloomington, and four implementation partners to use VIVO to create a national network for discovering scientists and visualizing relationships among them. This network will allow researchers to discover potential collaborators with specific expertise based on authoritative information on projects, grants, publications, affiliations, and research interests.  In this talk we will give a brief overview of the technical underpinnings of VIVO; describe how it integrates with the larger semantic web; sketch out the plans for enabling discovery across the national network of VIVO sites; and explore the role of libraries in implementing VIVO at all the partner sites.

Applying Smart Content: A Case Study Approach


Helen Parr

Director of Online Publishing, Elsevier

In her presentation, Helen walks through how Elsevier uniquely applies smart content to make one journal, The Lancet Oncology, relevant and accessible for four distinct user groups using four separate online resources.


Additional Information

  • Registration closes at 12:00 pm Eastern on June 9, 2010. Cancellations made by June 3, 2010 will receive a refund, less a $20 cancellation. After that date, there are no refunds.
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