Nanosafety and the semantic web: from natural language to computational processing

Webinar, Hackathon, Training, Workshop (organized by NanoCommons)
8 Dec 2021 – 9 Nov 2021

Activity details

On Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th December 2021, the NanoCommon team, in a joint initiative with the EU NanoSafety Cluster, will offer an online workshop/hackathon on “Nanosafety and the semantic web: from natural language to computational processing”.

The web is a large interlinked resource of information, which is largely represented in natural language. One of the main goals of the semantic web is to convert this data into formats suitable for computational processing. Within the nanosafety projects that the Department of Bioinformatics at Maastricht University (BiGCaT) is involved in, we talk a lot about Semantic Approaches and terms like the Web Ontology Language (OWL), Resource Description Framework (RDF), SPARQL queries and SPARQL endpoints are used regularly by members of our team. We have given workshops/tutorials/worksessions in the past, but always with a focus on the knowledge needed for a specific task we were working on. This means that many of our project partners understand part of the picture.

 We are therefore organizing a workshop covering the whole range of Semantic Approaches that we use within the nanosafety-projects. Starting with more general questions like “what is a triple and what is the link with ontologies and RDF?” all the way to writing SPARQL queries and exploring their capabilities, which by the end of the workshop everyone will be able to do and possibly implement in their own work. We will practice using and extending the eNanoMapper ontology and we will look at the SPARQL endpoints, semantic web applications and tools developed and used by BiGCaT within these nanosafety projects.

The workshop will be spread out over two afternoons on the Thursday December 8th & 9th from 13:00 till 17:00 h CET. The afternoons will be filled with a mixture of lectures, tutorials, hands-on and Q&A sessions.

Expectation: Willing to learn new things and active participation in the interactive webinar.

Feel free to join and please do not forget to register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop.

Please, be aware that some personal information may be collected for statistical purposes, however, in a blinded and anonymous way. The workshop will be partially recorded for educational purposes.

You will find updates with more information about NanoCommons and training materials here.

Feel free to redistribute this information within your projects and networks. We are happy to have as many participants as possible and to help the community with the FAIRification of their data by offering insight into fully exploring and linking available data resources in a more straightforward way.

The NanoCommons team will be happy to answer your questions and to guide you in your requests!

Organisations involved

United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI)
Universitat Salzburg / Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS)
Universiteit Maastricht (UM)

Links and additional materials

agenda.jpg - agenda of workshop

Audience reached

Mixed audience (scientists, regulatory, industry, developers, etc.): 60
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