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RIKEN Information R&D and Strategy Headquarters Data Knowledge Organization Unit

Unit Leader: Norio Kobayashi (D.Eng.)

Research Summary

Norio Kobayashi (D.Eng.)

The unit promotes technological development related to the realization of information infrastructure necessary for organizing, integrating and promoting the utilization of different kinds of research data produced at RIKEN. Specifically, we promote research and development associated with metadata attached to research data, provide and support metadata technology and tools for laboratories, as well as technology development required for realization of open science. Furthermore, through these metadata-driven, open-science practices, we lead the era of data science and contribute to scientific and technological innovation with RIKEN’s researchers regardless of the research field.

Main Research Fields

  • Informatics

Related Research Fields

  • Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Complex Systems
  • Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering
  • Mathematical & Physical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Intelligent informatics
  • Web informatics, Service informatics
  • Computational science


  • Open science
  • Semantic web
  • Ontology
  • Linked Open Data
  • Intelligent data platform

Selected Publications

  • 1. Kobayashi, N., Kume, S., Lenz, K., and Masuya, H.:
    "RIKEN MetaDatabase: A Database Platform for Health Care and Life Sciences as a Microcosm of Linked Open Data Cloud" International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems 14(1), 140-164 (2018).
  • 2. Morita, M., Shimokawa, K., Nishimura. M., Nakamura, S., Tsujimura, Y., Takemoto, S., Tawara, T., Yokota, H., Wemler, S., Miyamoto, D., Iken, H., Sato, A., Furuichi, T., Kobayashi, N., Okumura, Y., Yamaguchi, Y., and Okamura-Oho, Y.:
    "ViBrism DB: an interactive search and viewer platform for 2D/3D anatomical images of gene expression and co-expression networks" Nucleic Acids Research 47(D1), D859-D866 (2019).
  • 3. Yamaguchi, A., Kozaki, K., Yamamoto, Y., and Kobayashi, N.:
    "Semantic Graph Analysis for Federated LOD Surfing in the Life Sciences" The 7th Joint International Semantic Technology Conference (JIST). Special Track: Semantic Processing for Knowledge Graphs, LNCS 10675, 268-276 (2017).
  • 4. Kume, S., Masuya, H., Maeda, M., Suga, M., Kataoka, Y., and Kobayashi N.:
    "Development of Semantic Web-based Imaging Database for Biological Morphome" The 7th Joint International Semantic Technology Conference (JIST). Special Track: Semantic Processing for Knowledge Graphs, LNCS 10675, 277-285 (2017).
  • 5. Dumontier, M., Gray, AJG., Marshall, MS., Alexiev, V., Ansell, P., Bader, G., Baran, J., Bolleman, JT., Callahan, A., Cruz-Toledo, J., Gaudet, P., Gombocz, EA., Gonzalez-Beltran, AN., Groth, P., Haendel, M., Ito, M., Jupp, S., Juty, N., Katayama, T., Kobayashi, N., Krishnaswami, K., Laibe, C., Le Novere, N., Lin, S., Malone, J., Miller, M., Mungall, CJ., Rietveld, L., Wimalaratne, SM., and Yamaguchi, A.:
    "The health care and life sciences community profile for dataset descriptions" PeerJ 4:e2331 (2016).
  • 6. Kobayashi, N.:
    "Bio-medical entity prioritisation based on literature with Semantic Web annotations" BMC Proceedings 9(5):A6 (2015).

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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Norio Kobayashi
Unit Leader

Core members

Hiroshi Masuya
Senior Scientist
Julio C Rangel
Postdoctoral Researcher
Masaki Kato
Technical Scientist
Hideaki Takeda
Visiting Scientist
Yasunori Yamamoto
Visiting Scientist

Contact Information

2F Information Science Building,
2-1 Hirosawa,
Wako, Saitama
351-0198, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)48-467-9323
Fax: +81-(0)48-462-4634
Email: norio.kobayashi [at] riken.jp