A group recently decoded a coral Acropora digitifera. This species one of the most sensitive to rises in seawater temperature, and it is hoped that the genomic information can help scientists better understand coral death mechanisms from bleaching attributed to global warming. (Article in Nature: "Using the Acropora digitifera genome to understand coral responses to environmental change")
In their new article ("MarinegenomicsDB: An Integrated Genome Viewer for Community-Based Annotation of Genomes"), they introduce a database that allows for community-based annotation of genomes. While I could follow most of the paper, I would very grateful to better understand the final paragraph regarding their future directions:
"An attempt to integrate data across the entire web has been recommended by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C; http://www.w3.org/2004/01/sws-pressrelease.html.en). Simply by following the resource description framework (RDF), which is a more suitable format for processing by machines than the current standard of HTML, the data stored at multiple websites can be automatically organized without human interpretation. To take advantage of this new generation of web technology, the “semantic web,” we will publish our data in RDF in the near future."
1) If you are interested and read this short paper (3 pages), what do you think this last paragraph means?
2) What steps would need to be done to "publish [their] data in RDF"?
3) How exactly would RDF change the functionality and efficiency of their database?
I have very little understanding of these software, so you need not worry about sounding patronizing to me; I just want a basic understanding of what that final paragraph means, and if you can answer any of my questions above for me, I would appreciate it!!