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Enhancing workflow with a semantic description of scientific intent

Pignotti, E., Edwards, P., Preece, Alun David ORCID:, Gotts, N. and Polhill, G. 2008. Enhancing workflow with a semantic description of scientific intent. Presented at: 5th European Semantic Web Conference, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, 1-5 June 2008. Published in: Bechhofer, S., Hauswirth, M., Hoffman, J. and Koubarakis, M. eds. The Semantic Web: research and applications: 5th European Semantic Web Conference, ESWC 2008, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, June 1-5, 2008: proceedings. Lecture notes in computer science (5021) New York: Springer-Verlag, pp. 644-658.

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In the e-Science context, workflow technologies provide a problem-solving environment for researchers by facilitating the creation and execution of experiments from a pool of available services. In this paper we will show how Semantic Web technologies can be used to overcome a limitation of current workflow languages by capturing experimental constraints and goals, which we term scientist's intent. We propose an ontology driven framework for capturing such intent based on workflow metadata combined with SWRL rules. Through the use of an example we will present the key benefits of the proposed framework in terms of enriching workflow output, assisting workflow execution and provenance support. We conclude with a discussion of the issues arising from application of this approach to the domain of social simulation.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783540682332
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:48

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