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Additional material on SymbolicData
This web page continues the presentation of Hans-Gert Gräbe at the ACA 2016 session on Information services.
SymbolicData in different stages:
- Version 1 (1999–2002):
- Provide uniform digital open access to research data about Polynomial Systems collected within the PoSSo (1992–1995) and FRISCO (1996–1999) EU funded projects.
- Develop concepts and tools for certified benchmarks on that data.
- This is nowadays transformed to the SDEval benchmark framework
- Version 2 (2006–2013):
- Transform SymbolicData concepts and data to the evolving RDF based concepts, standards, protocols, and tools of the Semantic Web.
- The main point in this reconceptualization is a clear separation between ‘‘resources’’ and ‘‘resource descriptions’’ along RDF providing the latter as ‘‘fingerprints’’ (metadata) of research data.
- Version 3 (since 2013):
- Provide „fingerprints“ of other collections of CA research data.
- Set up an RDF Store with SPARQL Endpoint to query the fingerprints -> MoreQueries
- CA Social Network functionality -> SymbolicData info page
- CA People Database
- Collection of Upcoming and Past Conferences
- Collection of dissertations in CA (at the moment common effort with the German Fachgruppe only, planned to be aligned with SIGSAM)
- Experimental alignment with swMATH.
- Data is used for uniform display within the web site of the German Fachgruppe (in German).
How define the scope of such a network? There are many alternatives:
- Thematically? See a definition (in German) in the CA Handbook (german version 1993, english version published by Springer 2003).
- By the MSC2010 classification code 68W30?
- By leading organizations? Activities within the scope of SIGSAM and the German Fachgruppe.
- By people? CA is all about what people ‘‘claim’’ to be CA research.
Our current view on CA is that of a research community with several ‘‘subcommunities’’ centered around special research topics with ‘‘well established digital research infrastructures’’. We try to support interlinking between such subcommunities.
- Such subcommunities nowadays coincide in many cases with user and developer groups of a common research software project (e.g., polymake, gap, normaliz).
- Other subcommunities are centered around several research software projects, e.g. the Polynomial Systems subcommunity around Singular, Macaulay2, CoCoA, FGb, …
Practically we try to join forces with SIGSAM and the German Fachgruppe.
What’s about Zentralblatt, swMATH, ICMS, OpenMath, CICM, WDML etc.?
- All that is about mathematics at large and hence beyond the scope of our current main efforts within the CASN project.
- A similar project for mathematics at large requires much more resources and even a different communication concept.
- But, of course, we try to cooperate to the extend of resources available within SymbolicData.