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Cambridge Semantic Web Monthly Meetup




Nathan Wilson: The Semantic Underpinnings of EOL TraitBank

The Encyclopedia of Life is a project working to provide global access to knowledge about life on Earth. It has recently released the new TraitBank feature ( which provides summary data about biological species. TraitBank is built using semantic technologies and a variety of published ontologies. This talk will explain what EOL and TraitBank are, their underlying architecture, and discuss the ontologies in use. It will also discuss the mechanisms for getting data into and out of the system and plans for future development.

About the speaker: For most of my career I've been a software professional and for most of my life I've been an avid field naturalist with particular interest in fungi. Currently I lead the technical team for the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL, Prior to working on the EOL, I was a software architect and manager in the R&D department at DreamWorks Animation where I focused on collaboration tools and open source software.

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  • Ralph P.

    Very good discussion. Nathan was great at sharing his expertise and explaining the technology stack as well as how the data is acquired, ingested, made into to triples and presented in the Traits site and on the Encyclopedia of Life site. I really enjoyed the level of detail he was able to explain.

    May 14, 2014

  • John M.

    Great presentation. I loved seeing a real-world example and hearing the challenges and solutions. Please invite Nathan back to give the other talk he had in his pocket!

    May 14, 2014

  • matt c.

    I'd love to attend, but unfortunately can not. Any chance it could be taped ? Thank you!

    May 13, 2014

  • Patrick B.

    This one looks great but I'll be in SF. Any webinar, video to be uploaded later?

    May 12, 2014

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