ourSpaces – Design and Deployment of a Semantic Virtual Research Environment

Pete Edwards, Edoardo Pignotti, Alan Eckhardt, Kapila Anuruddha Ponnamperuma Arachchi, Christopher Stuart Mellish, Thomas Bouttaz

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In this paper we discuss our experience with the design, development and deployment of the ourSpaces Virtual Research Environment. ourSpaces makes use of Semantic Web technologies to create a platform to support multi-disciplinary research groups. This paper introduces the main semantic components of the system: a framework to capture the provenance of the research process, a collection of services to create and visualise metadata and a policy reasoning service. We also describe different approaches to support interaction between users and metadata within the VRE. We discuss the lessons learnt during the deployment process with three case study groups. Finally, we present our conclusions and future directions for exploration in terms of developing ourSpaces further.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Semantic Web – ISWC 2012
Subtitle of host publication11th International Semantic Web Conference Boston, MA, USA, November 11-15, 2012, Proceedings
EditorsPhilippe Cudre-Mauroux, Jeff Heflin, Evren Sirin, Tania Tudorache, Jerome Euzenat, Manfred Hauswirth, Josiane Xavier Parreira, Jim Hendler, Guus Schreiber, Abraham Bernstein
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-642-35173-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-35172-3
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
Event11th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2012) - , United Kingdom
Duration: 15 Nov 201215 Nov 2012

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference11th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2012)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographical note

11th International Semantic Web Conference, Boston, MA, USA, November 11-15, 2012, Proceedings, Part II, Lecturer Notes in Computer Science, No. 7650


  • provenance
  • policies
  • Virtual Research Environments
  • NLG


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