During the Spring 2015 semester I embarked in an interdisciplinary project during my Cyberinfrastructure Applications course. The nature of the course is to join science students from other ares with computer science students and try to produce applications to solve problems that the scientists may have by using Semantic Web technologies.
I was lucky to join a project with a couple of very talented peers from computer science and Perry Houser, Geology PhD student interested in integrating data about a certain location, specially when planning for field trips. So, we focused our project on semantically integrating openly available data from three initial sources and an special characteristic:
- Earthquake data from the USGS Earthquake Archive.
- Weather data from the NOAA.
- The ability to map temporary data, considering the time dimensions used in geology. We obtained this from the See Grid Observations ontology.
During the summer, we worked hard to prepare the paper about this research for the upcoming 2015 CAHSI Summit, a conference which joins Hispanic students with computing leaders both from science and industry. Happily, we were accepted for the conference with very good reviews: we were selected for oral presentation amongst the five better evaluated papers of the conference. The paper and poster, entitled Towards semantically integrating data to enhance a field trip experience, are available at the page of the conference.
- 2015 CAHSI Summit “Building a diverse and innovative workforce” Proceedings.
- 2015 CAHSI Summit program (Indicating the oral presentation of our paper).
- 2015 CAHSI Summit poster abstracts.
- Poster: Towards semantically integrating data to enhance a field trip experience.
- 2015 CAHSI Summit Paper Proceedings.
Sadly, due to an unexpected family situation, I could not attend the conference to showcase our work. This is a watershed for me, because this is the first paper I publish as first author and hopefully we will continue with this effor to better integrate this diverse information to provide it for scientists to use.