JOB: SKUA - Semantic Knowledge Underpinning Astronomy
norman at astro.gla.ac.uk
Wed Nov 14 14:27:28 PST 2007
[somewhat crossposted, but please feel free to forward]
The SKUA project is advertising a SemWebby job, lasting 18 months and
starting as soon as possible next year, which will nod to semantic
desktops, social software and linking data. Further details are
linked to below, but note that the timescale is short -- the closing
date is 5 DECEMBER -- unfortunately forced by the funding deadlines.
The job will be ideal for a research-focused developer with SemWeb
interests. If they have UI talents, too, that's even better.
The SKUA project has received JISC funding <www.jisc.ac.uk> to
prototype a network of shared annotation services, which will support
annotation of resources (including bookmarking, tagging, scrapbooking
and commenting), via a network -- really a DAG -- of triplestores
delegating to each other. The nodes will include personal
annotations, ones shared with a group or ad-hoc collaboration, and
one or more global ones.
As well as this infrastructure, we're aiming to produce a couple of
applications building on it, ranging from a simple bookmarking
service, via a suggestions service ('get me more resources like this
one!', using some semantic knowledge about astronomy built in to the
node or to the service), up to a broadly Facebook-like VRE. The
applications are focused on astronomy in the first instance, but the
infrastructure is intended to be generic. We thus have some clear
use-cases, and we have close links with an existing developer and
user community in AstroGrid and in the European Virtual Observatory
The job details, including background and use-cases, are at
which points to
and there's an initial web site, also giving background, at
If anyone has any questions I'd be delighted to answer them.
Norman Gray : http://nxg.me.uk
eurovotech.org : University of Leicester, UK
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