I'm involved in a project to establish a global network for long-term agricultural experiments (experiments running for >10 years). One aim of the project is to improve access to and interoperability of datasets from these experiments. In most cases I think existing ontologies/vocabularies can be used, but experiment names, fields and plots are not represented by any controlled vocabularly. Clearly creating a concept ID for a name means an experiment, field or plot can be umabiguously referenced, e.g. in DOI metadata.
I think a SKOS is an appropriate model since it can capture:
- Preferred and alternative names for experiments, experiment sites/fields and plots
- Capture relations between a field/site and experiments conducted there on that field
- Capture relations between experiment plots and an experiment and field and relations between plots (where they've merged or been split into sub-plots).
I would appreciate this groups thoughts on the following questions:
- Is it better to create a new vocabulary specific for long-term agricultural experiments or add to an existing agriculture domain vocabulary (e.g. Agrovoc, GACS)?
- If we build a new vocabulary where is the best place to host it? Agroportal?
- If successful the vocabulary would have information contributed from many institutes, any advice on collecting data and curating this?
I will be at the Berlin meeting so happy to discuss this and the network further there.