Friday, October 31, 2008

RDF triples for Open Notebook Science solubility data

Following up on a recent FriendFeed conversation about a blog post on the Triumvirate of Scientific Data prompted Pierre Lindenbaum to create an RDF representation of our solubility data that validates into triples.

I'll admit that I don't have much experience with RDF but I can see how the triples are connected and it is clear that this is a format very suitable for machine readability. It is nice that the provenance of the data is clearly indicated by links to the original lab notebook pages (for example EXP207) with all the details about how the solubility measurements were carried out.

In terms of information flow we go from a lab notebook wiki to a GoogleDoc spreadsheet to RDF. The GoogleDoc should only contain data has passed my inspection so treating these properties as "facts" in the RDF document is not unreasonable.

It will be interesting to see what can be done with this.

As Pierre mentions in the FF conversation, in order to view the triples as shown below, copy the RDF document as text and paste in this RDF validation service.

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