Oyster – Managing, Searching and Sharing Ontology Metadata in a Peer-to-Peer Network.
Oyster is a java-based system, which assists researchers in managing, searching and sharing ontology metadata in a peer-to-peer network. Currently, ontology re-use is rather difficult, as it is hard to find and share ontologies available among the community. This leads to the problem of having many isolated ontologies created by many different parties. Besides the costs of the duplicate efforts this also hampers interoperability between ontology-based applications. Oyster 1 is a Peerto-Peer application that exploits semantic web techniques in order to provide a solution for exchanging and re-using ontologies. Besides, the Oyster client on its own (e.g. disconnected from the P2P network) provides added value to it’s users as it will give researchers an overview and search facilities of his/her own ontology metadata. This has been added to Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog. This has been added to the P2P section of Deep Web Research Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.