Proceedings of the AAAI 2007 Semantic e-Science workshop., Vancouver, Canada.
While efforts are underway to represent existing ecological
databases semantically, so that they may be intelligently
queried and integrated by agents, less attention has been
paid to 1) rapidly changing datastreams, and 2) unstructured
data from amateur observers. We describe the development
of two tools that interact with popular social websites as a
means to generate and take advantage of semantic web
content for citizen science. Splickr, a website, interacts with
the Flickr and Yahoo maps APIs to provide a convenient
way of browsing and querying Flickr's geotagged photos.
SPOTter, a Firefox plug-in, is an aid to semantic
ecoblogging. Both tools generate RDF based on rich OWL
ontologies. This approach has wide applicability both in and