Semantic Technologies

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Vision of the Semantic Technologies Committee

  1. Promote research and development of semantic technologies in support of Earth science data discovery, dissemination, and analysis
  2. Collaborate with ESIP members, working groups, clusters, and standing committees on semantic related topics
  3. Foster sharing and reuse of ontologies and controlled vocabularies
  4. To provide a collaborative environment for the development of ontologies and ontology-based standards
  5. To maintain a long-term agenda and roadmap for evaluation of semantic technologies within ESIP
  6. To collaborate with external agencies, on behalf of ESIP, in regards to semantic technologies

2015-2020 Strategic Plan Goals

Resources for ESIP's overall Strategic Plan:

Collaboration Area Plan

Liaisons to external groups

  • Ruth Duerr - EarthCube Semantics Working Group
  • Brandon Whitehead - Open Geospatial Consortium and RDA, with a particular focus on GeoSciML, ESD WG and HydroWG, RDA Provenance Group
  • Soren Scott - RDA Provenance Working Group
  • Stephen Richard - RDA Vocab Services, Terminology IG, and DataType Registry Working Groups
  • Stace Beaulieu - USGS CDI Semantic Web Working Group
  • Adam Shepherd - The Ontolog Community
  • Lewis McGibbney - W3C+OGC Spatial Data on the Web (SDW)
  • Bhaskar Ramachandran - The International Association for Ontology and its Applications (IAOA),
  • Pascal Hitzler - Ontology Design & Patterns Association

Current Projects and Collaborations

Projects of Note

Current Collaboration Areas

  1. We are working with ESIP's Cloud Computing Cluster to explore efficient and extensible means of hosting ESIP-wide semantic resources
  2. We are evaluating which ontology portal features (mappings, alignment, visualization, registering, etc.) are of need to the broad Earth science community. Currently, we have two versions of the BioPortal software running that have been tailored to the Earth science environment. We are designing an ESIP-wide evaluation to understand what the community needs and what resources are necessary to support those needs.
  3. We are evaluating what it means to be a "good" ontology and what governance looks like for community developed and maintained semantic resources (ontologies and taxonomies)
  4. In conjunction with ESIP's Products and Services we are helping to evaluate software readiness levels and software reuse.