Extending Drupal7.0 in the semantic and social media spaces for Open Linked Medical Education: the mEducator3.0/MELINA+ approach

Drupal is one of the most widely used content management systems, which currently empowers a large number of web sites. In the latest version, semantic web technologies are part of Drupal's core DNA. Until now, exposing information to the Web of Data required considerable expertise in RDF and additional programming effort. The mEducator3.0/MELINA+ is an extended version of Drupal 7; it is offered as an installation profile and enables web site administrators to install a learning management system, which is focused in medical education. Users can create RDFa annotations based on the mEducator schema without any special technical knowledge. A series of features, such as the SPARQL endpoint and the DBpedia spotlight annotation, allow networked sites to re-use and enrich the linked data. The WebID authentication and the FOAF profile modules, transform the content creation process into a socially oriented collaboration and learning experience. When brought together, all these features offer new possibilities to create networked web applications in the medical education space and open the semantic web area to a much larger community of users and administrators.


Saturday, 7 April, 2012 - 10:00 to 11:15