Profiles Research Networking Software is a Semantic Web application, which means
its content can be read and understood by other computer programs. This enables
the data in profiles, such as addresses and publications, to be shared with other
institutions and appear on other websites. If you click the "Export RDF" link on
the left sidebar of a profile page, you can see what computer programs see when
visiting a profile. The section below describes the technical details for building
a computer program that can export data from Profiles Research Networking Software.
As a Semantic Web application, Profiles Research Networking Software uses the Resource
Description Framework (RDF) data model. In RDF, every entity (e.g., person, publication,
concept) is given a unique URI. (A URI is similar to a URL that you would enter
into a web browser.) Entities are linked together using "triples" that contain three
URIs--a subject, predicate, and object. For example, the URI of a Person can be
connected to the URI of a Concept through a predicate URI of hasResearchArea. Profiles
Research Networking Software contains millions of URIs and triples. Semantic Web
applications use an ontology, which describes the classes and properties used to
define entities and link them together. Profiles Research Networking Software uses
the VIVO Ontology, which was developed as part of an NIH-funded grant to be a standard
for academic and research institutions. A growing number of sites around the world
are adopting research networking platforms that use the VIVO Ontology. Because RDF
can link different triple-stores that use the same ontology, software developers
are able to create tools that span multiple institutions and data sources. When
RDF data is shared with the public, as it is in Profiles Research Networking Software,
it is called Linked Open Data (LOD).
There are four types of application programming interfaces (APIs) in Profiles Research
For more information about the APIs, please see the
UCSD Profiles is managed by the UC San Diego
Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute (ACTRI). This site is running Profiles RNS version v2.10.0-366-gcb42f798.
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