Nanopublications: A growing resource of provenance-centric scientific linked data

Tobias Kuhn, Albert Merono-Penuela, Alexander Malic, Jorrit H. Poelen, Allen H. Hurlbert, Emilio Centeno Ortiz, Laura I. Furlong, Nuria Queralt-Rosinach, Christine Chichester, Juan M. Banda, Egon Willighagen, Friederike Ehrhart, Chris Evelo, Tareq B. Malas, Michel Dumontier

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Nanopublications are a Linked Data format for scholarly data publishing that has received considerable uptake in the last few years. In contrast to the common Linked Data publishing practice, nanopublications work at the granular level of atomic information snippets and provide a consistent container format to attach provenance and metadata at this atomic level. While the nanopublications format is domain-independent, the datasets that have become available in this format are mostly from Life Science domains, including data about diseases, genes, proteins, drugs, biological pathways, and biotic interactions. More than 10 million such nanopublications have been published, which now form a valuable resource for studies on the domain level of the given Life Science domains as well as on the more technical levels of provenance modeling and heterogeneous Linked Data. We provide here an overview of this combined nanopublication dataset, show the results of some overarching analyses, and describe how it can be accessed and queried.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - IEEE 14th International Conference on eScience, e-Science 2018
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781538691564
Publication statusPublished - 24 Dec 2018
Event14th IEEE International Conference on eScience, e-Science 2018 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 29 Oct 20181 Nov 2018


Conference14th IEEE International Conference on eScience, e-Science 2018


  • Linked Data
  • Nanopublications
  • Provenance


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