ESIP 2020 Summer Meeting Ontology Tutorial

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ESIP Summer Meeting Pre-Conference Event

Introduction to ontologies: enabling collaboration, enhancing interoperability
Co-organized by the ESIP Semantics Technology Committee and Agriculture and Climate Cluster

Overview. Deriving transdisciplinary solutions that are responsive to complex socio-environmental challenges require, as stated in ESIP’s mission statement, linking “observation, research, application, education and use of Earth science”. One of the motivations behind the FAIR Principles (for scientific data management and stewardship) is enhancing machine-augmented capabilities to help researchers and practitioners find relevant data and information across “traditional” silos. The aim of this tutorial is to provide participants with an overview of the role ontologies play in enhancing collaboration across these silos.

IMPORTANT. IMPORTANT. IMPORTANT. This is a free tutorial that is open to anybody, even for individuals who are not registered to attend the ESIP summer meeting. Even if you are already registered for the ESIP meeting, you MUST register for this tutorial below.

Outcomes. The tutorial is meant to:

  • help participants understand the value of developing robust descriptions of processes, and harmonizing variable names in code, models, data products, and publications; and
  • learn how concept maps can be used to help model knowledge.


Time and date. 2020-07-13 (Monday) | 1200 hrs US eastern daylight time (GMT-4) | 3.5 hours (inclusive of a brief break)

Instructors. The tutorial will be jointly delivered by Drs. Anne Thessen (Oregon State University) and Pier Buttigieg (Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration / GEOMAR).

Fee. There is no fee to attend this ESIP Summer Meeting Pre-Conference Event.

Registration. Registration is closed as of Saturday 2020-07-11 0730 US eastern daylight time. If you have not already registered but wish to attend the tutorial, please email bwee@massiveconnections.com immediately. New registration requests will not be entertained once the tutorial starts on Monday 2020-07-13 1200 hrs US eastern daylight time.

For ESIP 2020 summer meeting participants. This tutorial provides preparatory background for the following two sessions: