Bridging the knowledge gap between research and education through textbooks

Steven B. Kraines, Takaki Makino, Weisen Guo, Haruo Mizutani, Toshihisa Takagi

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We describe a web-based system that helps undergraduate students learn about research at their university through the medium of textbooks. The system, called University on Textbooks, links textbooks to research articles written by university researchers, enabling people to navigate between introductory materials in textbooks and specific topics reported in research articles. Bidirectional links are generated from semantic statements created manually for topical passages from textbooks and abstracts of articles. The semantic statements are created using an ontology that is based on a description logic, so a reasoner can infer the semantic similarity between pairs of statements. To demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of our approach, we present a prototype containing 100 semantic statements describing passages from an undergraduate life sciences textbook in Japanese that have been linked to semantic statements created for 392 research articles from life sciences.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2010 - 9th International Conference, Proceedings
Number of pages10
Volume6483 LNCS
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes
Event9th International Conference on Advances in Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2010 - Shanghai, China
Duration: 8 Dec 201010 Dec 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6483 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349


Conference9th International Conference on Advances in Web-Based Learning, ICWL 2010


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