Cross-repository data linking with RDF and OWL: Towards common ontologies for representing FLOSS data

Publication Type:

Conference Paper


James Howison


WoPDaSD (Workshop on Public Data at International Conference on Open Source Software) (2008)




This paper provides an approach to the problem of integrating data from multiple research repositories for FLOSS data. It introduces semantic web technologies (RDF, OWL, OWL-DL reasoners and SPARQL) to argue that these are useful for building shared research infrastructure. The paper illustrates its point by describing parts of an ontology developed for the integration and analysis of project communications drawn from FLOSSmole, the Notre Dame archive and direct collection of data. RDF vocabularies provide a way to agree on things we agree about as well as a way to be clearer about ways in which we disagree.


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