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Web 3.0 for Science

In broad terms, Web 1.0 was read only, Web 2.0 was read/write and Web 3.0 is about reading, writing and understanding. This afternoon I attended a fascinating seminar at the Oxford e-Research Centre looking at “A Framework for Science Web 3.0, presented by Tim Clark (Director of Informatics, MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease).

The key concept I picked up from this information-rich talk, which I look forward to running by the scientists I work with, is that the benefit of applying semantic web concepts to scientific work is not so much that they help identify areas of agreement but that they can also highlight conflicting theories about similar information and suggesting the liminal areas in which a well-designed experiment has great potential to push forward the understanding of the whole community.

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