Roos Groeneveld has been working as an information science researcher for Wageningen UR's Information Management of the Agrotechnology & Food Sciences Group. She explains, "We belong to the semi-commercial part of Wageningen UR. My group's work focuses on sharing knowledge, modelling knowledge and making web applications within the domain of agrotechnology and food.
Concretely, we see to it that information can be easily searched and shared with a group of defined users. We apply the newest methods about ontologies and the semantic web (possibly the future 'web 3.0' in which computers can give more meaning to website content). In many projects, an informaticist is the link between the (often implied) knowledge of an expert and the explicit knowledge that has to be brought into a system.
Roos names some examples of projects to illustrate her work. For instance, she is working on a start page for a project in the refrigeration engineering sector. The page offers several functions including a search function that only looks within a number of relevant and high qualatative sites that have been previously given. This yields better search results than standard Googling. "In another project, I collaborated on the design of a self-reasoning system to predict possible risks in the food chain. That was very educational for my knowledge about fish. That's what I really like about my job, for one project you completely dive into information about potatoes, for another into fish and for a third back into microbiology and salmonella!"
The young researcher regularly uses the Digital Library for her work to search for relevant articles. "During the past year I've requested only a few books, which are always nicely delivered to my mailbox. I just read six books on potatoes because we're working on a potato ontology, a collection of all the terms, subjects that occur in a domain and in which the characteristics and relationships are entered as well. When you're thinking about a potato ontology think about information on types of potatoes, the type of soil and the extent to which a small plant has been damaged but also metrological data, materials that need to be used, fertilizer types etc." Journals that she reads include VMT (Food Stuffs Technology), Human-Computer-Studies and Agro Informatica.
Finally, Roos would also like to say that she really enjoyed the course 'Web 2.0 and the Academy' that the Library offered.
If you want to know more about the semantic web, Roos recommends the small film on the weblog of Victor Godot.