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A Knowledge Base for Dependability and Security Research

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Zoe Andrews, Professor John Fitzgerald, Professor Brian RandellORCiD



Research on computer system resilience, indeed on dependability and security generally, suffers from fragmentation into numerous partly-overlapping communities, and inconsistencies in terminology. As a partial response to this situation, we report on the development and use of a Resilience Knowledge Base (RKB) which currently contains over 60 million information items drawn from publication repositories and funding agencies worldwide. We describe the RKB technology, showing how it can support exploration of the research space using semantic web techniques to ameliorate difficulties caused by differences in terminology. We discuss the potential for the RKB to support Resilience-Explicit Computing, in which the decision to select a tool or configure a component from among alternatives is supported using metadata-based mechanism descriptions. The RKB Explorer can identify indirect but potentially significant inter-relationships not only between people, publications and projects, but also between these and information about tools, components and training materials.

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Author(s): Glaser H, Millard I, Anderson T, Andrews Z, Fitzgerald J, Randell B

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2008

Pages: 14

Print publication date: 01/12/2008

Source Publication Date: December 2008

Report Number: 1132

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne