The Semantic Web Health Care and Life Sciences Interest Group has published a Group Note of Dataset Descriptions: HCLS Community Profile. Access to consistent, high-quality metadata is critical to finding, understanding, and reusing scientific data. This document describes a consensus among participating stakeholders in the Health Care and the Life Sciences domain on the description of datasets using the Resource Description Framework (RDF). This specification meets key functional requirements, reuses existing vocabularies to the extent that it is possible, and addresses elements of data description, versioning, provenance, discovery, exchange, query, and retrieval. Learn more about the Data Activity.
Many areas of scientific discovery rely on combining data from multiples data sources. However there are many challenges in linking data. This presentation highlights these challenges in the context of using Linked Data for environmental and social science databases.
The Open PHACTS Explorer has a shiny new interface that provides a web based application for searching and exploring the data in the Open PHACTS Discovery Platform. The video below (10 minutes) will demonstrate how to use the new Explorer and give you an overview of its features.