Semantic web services for interdisciplinary scientific data query and retrieval

Peter Fox, Luca Cinquini, Deborah McGuinness, Patrick West, Jose Garcia, James L. Benedict, Stephan Zednik

We present a set of four web services provided as a result of our work in developing a semantic data framework in the setting of virtual observatories. These web services allow a client service to search for data using three primary selections: choose parameter, choose date-time range and choose instrument, and also to return appropriate service links to the actual data (the fourth service). These services are built using a shared and common understanding of the inputs, outputs and preconditions as defined by a formal ontology, encoded in OWL-DL and running in an internet accessible environment with Web Service Description Language (WSDL) bindings. Upon invocation the service can utilize reasoning services just as a user of the web portal is able to. The service client can optionally utilize the ontology when it consumes the service for additional knowledge or may be used purely syntactically (as most existing web services are now). We present these services, and how they are developed within a specific domain context for the Virtual Solar-Terrestrial Observatory.

Subjects: 12.2 Scientific Discovery; 11. Knowledge Representation

Submitted: May 15, 2007

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