A linked data approach to publishing complex scientific workflows

Arif Shaon, Sarah Callaghan, Bryan Lawrence, Brian Matthews, Andrew Woolf, Timothy Osborn, Colin Harpham

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Past data management practices in many fields of natural science, including climate research, have focused primarily on the final research output - the research publication - with less attention paid to the chain of intermediate data results and their associated metadata, including provenance. Data were often regarded merely as an adjunct to the publication, rather than a scientific resource in their own right. In this paper, we attempt to address the issues of capturing and publishing detailed workflows associated with the climate/research datasets held by the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia. To this end, we present a customisable approach to exposing climate research workflows for the effective re-use of the associated data, through the adoption of linked-data principles, existing widely adopted citation techniques (Digital Object Identifier) and data exchange mechanisms (Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2011 7th IEEE International Conference on eScience, eScience 2011
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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