The semantic web changes the way we store and access information on the World Wide Web. Instead of using keywords in a search engine, as is done with Google or Ping, searching is done through ideas, more the way we think and talk. NYSCI is collaborating with the Concept Web Alliance to help develop revolutionary ways to use the Web for science learning and communications. The Concept Web Alliance is a worldwide partnership of science and medical research organizations that are developing ways to use a semantic or concept web to improve, not only teaching and learning in science, but also ways to improve the understanding of genomics and systems biology, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
The inaugural meeting of the Concept Web Alliance, hosted by NYSCI in 2009 established the Alliance as a viable organization to begin large-scale research projects and an infrastructure to develop applications of the Concept Web for education and research. For more information about the Concept Web Alliance and the inaugural meeting, go to their web site and click on “Conference.”
The Concept Web Alliance is supported by a number of research institutions worldwide. The Inaugural Meeting at NYSCI was supported by the Netherlands Bioinformatic Centre.