Semantic Web and Social Web heading towards Living Documents in the Life Sciences

Alexander Garcia-Castro, Alberto Labarga, Leyla Garcia, Olga Giraldo, Cesar Montana, John Bateman


The Living Document (LD) is not a document that is constantly being written as in the wiki approach, but rather one that acts as a document router, operating by means of structured and
organized social tagging and using existing ontologies. It offers an environment where users can manage papers and related information, share their knowledge with their peers and discover hidden associations among the shared knowledge. The LD builds upon both the Semantic Web, which values the integration of well-structured data, and the Social Web, which aims to facilitate interaction amongst people by means of user-generated content. In this vein, the LD is similar to a social networking system, with users as central nodes in the network, with the difference that interaction is focused on papers rather than people. Papers, with their ability to represent research interests, expertise, affiliations, and links to web based tools and databanks, are the central axis for interaction amongst users. To support this, we have also implemented a novel web prototype that enables researchers to accomplish three activities central to the Semantic Web vision: organizing, sharing and discovering. Availability:

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Keywords: Semantic Web; Social Web; Knowledge Integration; Knowledge Representation; Folksonomy
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