Data Service/Tool Discoverability Workshop: 21-22 April 2016, Santorini, Greece

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 Data Service/Tool Discoverability Workshop: 21-22 April 2016, Santorini, Greece
21 Apr 2016

Data Service/Tool Discoverability Workshop: 21-22 April 2016, Santorini, Greece


Acceptance of the open science principle entails open access not only to research data but also to data services, tools, analyses, and methods that enable researchers to conduct efficiently and effectively their research activities. 
Researchers, scientists, data scientists, and practitioners have developed several data services and tools including data mining, data visualization, data analysis tools, etc. One of the challenges faced by researchers, in a globally networked scientific world, is to be able to locate data services/tools that fulfill their research needs. Efficiency of discovering appropriate data services/tools and possibly composing them to build complex scientific workflows is a requirement of modern science. A crucial aspect in making this happen is the ability to semantically describe the functionality of a service/tool. It becomes increasingly necessary to create registries that maintain semantically enriched descriptions (metadata/profiles) of data services/tools. It is also necessary to develop discovery mechanisms that match the service/tool description against the description of a user need.
Unfortunately, at present, semantic descriptions (metadata) of data service/tools are missing. 

The Santorini Workshop will address the problems that hamper efficient data service/tool discoverability and the building of appropriate registries. In particular, the focus of the meeting will be on the different levels of description of a data service/tool, modeling approaches and discovery mechanisms based on semantic descriptions. 

We expect that such a Workshop will contribute to promote a research activity in a very relevant topic that so far, unfortunately, has not been adequately addressed.  
A report will be produced that will identify research problems to be addressed and directions to be followed in order to solve them. 


Hotel Majestic, Main Street, Fira, 84700, Island of Santorini, Greece

Organizing Team

Costantino Thanos organizer
Catherine Bosio secretariat support
Katerina Papadaki  administrative support
Eleni Sotiropoulou local arrangements


Editorial Board

Leonardo Candela  
Umberto Straccia  
Costantino Thanos  


Computer scientists

1.    Buneman Peter (University of Edinburgh)
2.    Corcho Oscar (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid)
3.    D’Aquin Mathieu (The Open University)
4.    Anna Fensel (University of Innsbruck)
5.    Guarino Nicola (ISTC-CNR)
6.    Koenig-Ries Birgitta (University Jena)
7.    Kritikos Kyriakos (ICS-FORTH)
8.    Mannens Eric (University of Ghent)
9.    Toma Ioan (Semantic Technologies Institute)
10.    Velegrakis Yannis (University of Trento)

Research Data Infrastructures

1.    GEOSS                         Nativi Stefano
2.    ELIXIR                          Kristoffer Rapacki
3.    BiodiversityCatalogue    Niall Beard
4.    OpenAIRE                    Manghi Paolo

RDA Working Groups

1.    Metadata Standards Catalog               Ball Alex
2.    Brokering Governance                        Nativi Stefano
3.    Data Type Registries                          Daan Broeder
4.    Metadata Standards Directory              Ball Alex
5.    RDA/WDS Publishing Data Services    Paolo Manghi

Service Providers

1.    EUDAT            Daan Broeder