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The Semantic Grid: A future e-Science infrastructure

The Semantic Grid: A future e-Science infrastructure
The Semantic Grid: A future e-Science infrastructure
e-Science offers a promising vision of how computer and communication technology can support and enhance the scientific process. It does this by enabling scientists to generate, analyse, share and discuss their insights, experiments and results in an effective manner. The underlying computer infrastructure that provides these facilities is commonly referred to as the Grid. At this time, there are a number of grid applications being developed and there is a whole raft of computer technologies that provide fragments of the necessary functionality. However there is currently a major gap between these endeavours and the vision of e-Science in which there is a high degree of easy-to-use and seamless automation and in which there are flexible collaborations and computations on a global scale. To bridge this practice–aspiration divide, this paper presents a research agenda whose aim is to move from the current state of the art in e-Science infrastructure, to the future infrastructure that is needed to support the full richness of the e-Science vision. Here the future e-Science research infrastructure is termed the Semantic Grid (Semantic Grid to Grid is meant to connote a similar relationship to the one that exists between the Semantic Web and the Web). In particular, we present a conceptual architecture for the Semantic Grid. This architecture adopts a service-oriented perspective in which distinct stakeholders in the scientific process, represented as software agents, provide services to one another, under various service level agreements, in various forms of marketplace. We then focus predominantly on the issues concerned with the way that knowledge is acquired and used in such environments since we believe this is the key differentiator between current grid endeavours and those envisioned for the Semantic Grid.
0470853190
437-470
John Wiley and Sons Ltd
de Roure, D.
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Jennings, N. R.
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Shadbolt, N.
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Berman, F.
Fox, G.
Hey, A.J.G.
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Jennings, N. R.
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Shadbolt, N.
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Fox, G.
Hey, A.J.G.

de Roure, D., Jennings, N. R. and Shadbolt, N. (2003) The Semantic Grid: A future e-Science infrastructure. In, Berman, F., Fox, G. and Hey, A.J.G. (eds.) Grid Computing - Making the Global Infrastructure a Reality. John Wiley and Sons Ltd, pp. 437-470.

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e-Science offers a promising vision of how computer and communication technology can support and enhance the scientific process. It does this by enabling scientists to generate, analyse, share and discuss their insights, experiments and results in an effective manner. The underlying computer infrastructure that provides these facilities is commonly referred to as the Grid. At this time, there are a number of grid applications being developed and there is a whole raft of computer technologies that provide fragments of the necessary functionality. However there is currently a major gap between these endeavours and the vision of e-Science in which there is a high degree of easy-to-use and seamless automation and in which there are flexible collaborations and computations on a global scale. To bridge this practice–aspiration divide, this paper presents a research agenda whose aim is to move from the current state of the art in e-Science infrastructure, to the future infrastructure that is needed to support the full richness of the e-Science vision. Here the future e-Science research infrastructure is termed the Semantic Grid (Semantic Grid to Grid is meant to connote a similar relationship to the one that exists between the Semantic Web and the Web). In particular, we present a conceptual architecture for the Semantic Grid. This architecture adopts a service-oriented perspective in which distinct stakeholders in the scientific process, represented as software agents, provide services to one another, under various service level agreements, in various forms of marketplace. We then focus predominantly on the issues concerned with the way that knowledge is acquired and used in such environments since we believe this is the key differentiator between current grid endeavours and those envisioned for the Semantic Grid.

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Published date: 2003
Organisations: Web & Internet Science, Agents, Interactions & Complexity

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Local EPrints ID: 256869
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/256869
ISBN: 0470853190
PURE UUID: 87c9675e-8899-4296-a660-d734fc5f80a0
ORCID for D. de Roure: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9074-3016

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Date deposited: 09 Dec 2002
Last modified: 23 Jun 2020 16:49

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Author: D. de Roure ORCID iD
Author: N. R. Jennings
Author: N. Shadbolt
Editor: F. Berman
Editor: G. Fox
Editor: A.J.G. Hey

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