SMW stories, real and imagined, from at least three geoscience wikis

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SMWCon Spring 2014SMW stories, real and imagined, from at least three geoscience wikis
SMWCon Spring 2014
SMW stories, real and imagined, from at least three geoscience wikis
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Description: I will share some of the applications of SMW I've been experimenting with, and plan to experiment with.
Speaker(s): Matt Hall
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The geoscience community — and I'm really just talking about applied/industrial geology and geophysics — suddenly has three public wikis, not including Wikipedia: AAPG Wiki, SEG Wiki, and SubSurfWiki. This is probably unsustainable, but for now we have the chance to build some great content and a passionate user community... and some awesome repositories of semantic data. Besides these public wikis, there are various corporate, proprietary wikis with deep geoscience content.

I will share some of the applications of SMW I've been experimenting with, and plan to experiment with. These include:

  • Unit conversion.
  • Catalogs of courses, books, and such.
  • Museum-like catalogs of artifacts, biographies, and so on.
  • Atlases of geological entities, e.g. rocks, outcrops, etc.
  • User metadata.

Some of the themes and functionality I'm most interested in and/or looking for help with:

  • Updating properties from the web, e.g. to update currency conversion factors in near-real-time.
  • Semantic Interwikis, e.g. querying properties across wikis.
  • Spatial data beyond mere points, e.g. lines and polygons.
  • Storing data about data, e.g. uncertainty ranges or citations.

Caveat lector: I expect and intend to get more out of my contribution than anyone else does.

Pre-conference feedback is most welcome — if there's anything in particular I should be focusing on.