Opportunities for Semantic Technologies in the NASA Heliophysics Data Environment

Thomas W. Narock, Adam Szabo, Jan Merka

Like many scientific disciplines, the NASA heliophysics data environment is implementing distributed search and retrieval systems for its data sets. However, this community is unique in that NASA has determined that they will deploy multiple systems — termed Virtual Observatories - instead of one all encompassing system. This decision, along with other needs of our users, provides integration and interoperability challenges that may not be present elsewhere. In this work we present areas in which we are beginning to implement semantic technologies to solve these challenges. In addition, we introduce current and future needs that will require semantic solutions and offer these as discussion points and collaboration areas for artificial intelligence researchers.

Subjects: 12.2 Scientific Discovery; 1.6 Engineering And Science

Submitted: Jan 17, 2008

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