Family of scenarios: assisting web-supported epistemic communities

Behind these questions is a constantly used and reused data structure: typed graphs. In this web context, typed graphs capture: social networks with the kinds of relationships and the descriptions of the persons; compositions of web services with types of inputs and outputs; links between documents with their genre and topics; hierarchies of classes, thesauri, ontologies and folksonomies; recorded traces and suggested navigation courses; submitted queries and detected frequent patterns; timelines and workflows; etc.

Wimmics will focus on graph-based knowledge representation, reasoning and operationalization to model and support resources, actors, actions and interactions of communities on the web. Our results will assist epistemic communities in their daily activities such as biologists exchanging results, business intelligence and technological watch networks informing companies, engineers interacting on a project, conference attendees, students following the same course, tourists visiting a region, mobile experts on the field, etc.

Reasoning on the linked data and the semantics of the schemas used to represent social structures and web resources, we intend to provide applications supporting communities of practice and interest and fostering their interactions.