Bridging the Knowledge Gap between Research and Education through Textbooks

  • Steven B. Kraines
  • Takaki Makino
  • Weisen Guo
  • Haruo Mizutani
  • Toshihisa Takagi
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6483)


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.


undergraduate education textbooks ontology web books 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven B. Kraines
    • 1
  • Takaki Makino
    • 1
  • Weisen Guo
    • 1
  • Haruo Mizutani
    • 1
  • Toshihisa Takagi
    • 2
    • 1
  1. 1.Science Integration Program (Human), Department of Frontier Sciences and Science Integration, Division of Project CoordinationThe University of TokyoKashiwaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Bioinformatics, School of Frontier ScienceThe University of TokyoKashiwaJapan

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