Semantic data annotation by Stealth
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Scientists predominantly use spreadsheets for collecting and sharing their data. We recognise this with RightField, and it was the main motivation behind creating it. Scientists using RightField enabled spreadsheet templates can continue to work without changing their practices, and use the same tools they are familiar with.
The templates created by RightField are standard vanilla Excel spreadsheets (no special plugins or macros required). The templates can be shared, edited, and reused just like any other spreadsheets. Scientists using the templates never need to be aware of semantic technologies or the ontologies used, or even that they were created using RightField.
For Template Builders
Data collectors use RightField to generate Excel spreadsheet templates embedded with Ontologies or SKOS vocabularies. Cells can be restricted to use standard controlled vocabularies related to the particular research area, and/or can be marked up to indicate their meaning.
These templates can then be distributed and shared amongst scientists, and later collect the data and annotations as either RDF or using a CSV format.
The semantic information, and its provenance, is all held within the generated template and does not require additional mappings or files to be created and stored for later extraction.