Harmonizing FAIR descriptions of observational data WG

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Interoperability of Observable Property Descriptions WG

 

Meeting objectives of the BoF session for the RDA 13th Plenary meeting:

The main purpose of this meeting is to create an official RDA working group under the umbrella of VSSIG (Vocabulary and Semantic Services Interest Group). The objective of the group is:

Improve research data interoperability through the harmonization of observable property descriptions with community agreed semantic model and existing terminologies

Identified tasks:

  1. Collect research observation use cases suitable to demonstrate the value of a common approach

  2. Review existing semantic models for observable properties

  3. Evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the different semantic models using the selected use cases

  4. Based on this review and analysis develop a community consensus for the semantic modelling of observable properties

  5. (Analyse the applicability in other languages)  

  6. Evaluate suitable terminologies with atomic terms needed to describe observable properties according to the semantic model

  7. Test the semantic model with the selected terminologies on the collected use cases

  8. Compile best practices for semantic model usage

  9. Develop alignments of the semantic model with alternative related models

  10. Inform and collaborate with other relevant efforts (e.g. schema.org, W3C)

Identified deliverables:

  1. Semantic model

  2. Best practices

  3. Alignments

  4. Potential case studies of implementations of the common model

For the envisaged working group the identification of terminologies and the alignment effort (steps 6 and 7) is limited to the observable properties. A further working group as follow up could continue work on topics such as observation and measurement methods, devices, and units if desired.

 

Specific objectives for the meeting are:

  • Presentation, discussion and general agreement with the objectives of the case statement

  • Identification of additional partners, especially from beyond the European Union, and of task leads

 

Agenda:

G. Moncoiffe (10 min):

  • Motivation - Why we want to harmonize descriptions of observational data
  • Summary of activities so far in the informal group
  • Presentation of outputs of the WG, as proposed in the draft case statement

Lightning talks from other RDA groups 3 min each (30 min):

  • Dimitris Koureas: Biodiversity Data Integration IG
  • Jane Wyngard: Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems’ Data IG
  • Helen Glaves: Marine Data Harmonization IG
  • Kerstin Lehnert: Physical Samples IG
  • Tobias Weigel: Data Type Registries WG/Data Fabric IG
  • Amy Nurnberger: Education and Training on handling of research data IG
  • Thomas Jejkal: Research Data Repository Interoperability WG
  • Fotis Psomopoulos: Using Schema.org and enriching metadata to enable/boost FAIRness on research resource BoF

Each of the ligthning talk should address following questions:

  • Parameters: Which sort of parameters/properties do you deal with?
  • Vocabularies: Do you use controlled vocabularies to describe these?
  • Strategies: What, if any, is your strategy to reconcile redundancies, synonymy/near-synonymy across vocabularies? And how do you deal with complex properties such as monthly mean dissolved lead (ppb) in water?
  • Expectations: What do you expect from a harmonizing parameter description working group?

Discussion (facilitated by Mike Brown & John Watkins, wrapped up by Mark Schildhauer, John Graybeal taking notes – 50 min)

Topics: tasks, additional partners and task leads identification


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Recent Activity

18 Jun 2019

Case statement finalization

Dear all,
we will meet this week once again (Friday at 10:00 CEST) to finalize the case statement and the session application.
I am working on the compilation of a single document for the case statement - this allows us to still see the comments in the other documents.
Pier and Alexandra are working on a common glossary - see here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e9OWI9g7j69SIshmuKL9jQlrljuTaj9m94PF...

18 Jun 2019

Case statement finalization

Dear all,
we will meet this week once again (Friday at 10:00 CEST) to finalize the case statement and the session application.
I am working on the compilation of a single document for the case statement - this allows us to still see the comments in the other documents.
Pier and Alexandra are working on a common glossary - see here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1e9OWI9g7j69SIshmuKL9jQlrljuTaj9m94PF...

17 Jun 2019

Interoperability of observable properties descriptions Telco

Dear all,
please don't forget to join to our biweekly meeting tomorrow at 9 am CEST.
Our topic is once again the case statement for becoming a Working Group.
There is quite some activity going on here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BH1CUuiKBH4yhNNd1tKPCJ7yF65A8ypS ):
WG Charter (V2)
Value Proposition
Work Plan
Engagement with exisisting work in the area

04 Jun 2019

Interoperability of observable property description telco

Dear all,
we will soon meet again at our European/American friendly telco to discuss about the case statement that must be delivered by end of this month:
6.6, Thursday 18:00 CEST, Vienna
6.6, Thursday 9:00 PDT, San Francisco
Some of us are writing on three chapters of the case statement, please have a look and contribute (see folder https://drive.google.com/open?id=1BH1CUuiKBH4yhNNd1tKPCJ7yF65A8ypS):
WG Charter
Value Proposition
Work Plan

12 May 2019

Interoperability of Observable Property Descriptions teleconference

Dear all, we won't meet next Tuesday but the week after because at our last teleconference we decided to meet each first Thursday and each third Tuesday of the month, as some months like this May have five weeks (so not as originally stated: first week of the month and third week of the month). So we meet; Tuesday 21th May at 9:00 CEST (17:00 AEDT, Melbourne). Main topic is to start writing the case statement and organize breakout groups.

05 May 2019

AW: [harmonizing-fair] Ontology of possible interest to this group

Dear all,
thank you Ruth. Right after the BoF session I already talked to Maria Stoica who worked together with Scott Peckham on the Scientific Variable Ontology. She is already aware of our group and will join us on one of the next teleconferences. John Graybeal wanted to inform Scott and so I think we have them on board.
Best wishes,
Barbara
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03 May 2019

AW: [harmonizing-fair] Ontology of possible interest to this group

Dear Ruth, thanks for the info, definitely interesting for the group - Michael
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02 May 2019

Ontology of possible interest to this group

I've recently talked to Scott Peckham who has been working on ontologies for scientific variables for many years now.  Please see the latest iteration at http://geoscienceontology.org/.  He has moved on, way past just Earth science, to fields such as economics, etc.  I suspect this group needs to be aware of the work he is doing.

 

01 May 2019

Telco Interoperability of observable property descriptions

Dear all,
we meet all tomorrow in about 20,5 hours from now.
The agenda will be:
* Brief report about the BoF session in Philadelphia
* Refine and reduce tasks for the WG
* Start brainstorming WG Charter
* Organise writing of case statement
Here you can see the minutes of the previous meeting: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LWcrBeZTJ6DMlR0ZQQ7h1j7SUx-Ov0kWCDBW...
I hope many of you can participate.