From Observational Data to Information

IG

Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Paul Uhlir
Not yet endorsed
 

Our aim is to advance shared understanding of the relationship between data and information, primarily in the context of environmental research infrastructures for observational data and semantic information about observed environments. While commonly used, the terms data and information are poorly understood. Typically understood as the values organized in rows and columns, in reality there are observational data, experimental data, simulation data. There are feature, trend, geospatial data sets. There are primary data, secondary data, derivative data, operational data, metadata. Furthermore, we increasingly speak of mining information from data and transferring information into knowledge. However, what mined information is and how information is represented and recorded in research infrastructures remains obscure. Knowledge is even more complex. There is a need to clarify what data, information and possibly knowledge are, and how these concepts relate in the research infrastructure context. We provide a platform to advance this subject matter.


Recent Activity

27 Dec 2017

OD2I IG Charter Published: Ready for Review

Hi,
on behalf of the (prospective) OD2I IG, I like to inform you that we have
published the Charter. The document can be found here [1], most importantly
the attachment [2]. Please inform us on next steps regarding the review.
Best regards,
Markus Stocker (on behalf of the co-chairs Stefano Nativi, Jay Pearlman,
Ari Asmi and the OD2I IG)
[1]

20 Dec 2017

Upcoming conferences with "data to information/knowledge" theme

All,
In addition to the next RDA Plenary, there are a couple of other events I
know of with "data to information/knowledge" as the core theme, in
particular:
* Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium 2018, "The critical role of university RDM
infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge" [1]
* 10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics, "Translating
Ecological Data into Knowledge and Decisions in a Rapidly Changing World"
[2]
It is hardly a coincidence that they are in Germany and share the theme

15 Dec 2017

Next Call December 18, 4 pm CET (3 pm UTC): Discuss Possible issues with Charter and P11 Session Proposal

All,
Our next call will be next Monday, December 18, 4-5 pm CET (3-4 pm UTC).
Connection: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/rp2x3o7oqysz/
This is the last call before the deadline on December 28 for the P11
Session Proposal and the required Charter. Any help with Charter review
between now and December 22 is highly appreciated. Also, please mark your
names in the table at the end of the Charter to signal interest in the
prospective IG. We will not assume that those currently on the mailing list

13 Dec 2017

[ANN] Charter ready for review

All,
I am pleased to announce that we have a reasonably advanced final draft of
the IG Charter.
You can find the document here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SToNK8fK6VWOGN_So5r4LIiFZ4Wdr62eeVEM...
It is time for thorough review and we have a reasonable margin until Friday
December 22 to get it into its final form. The Charter is due December 28
together with the session proposal for the next plenary in Berlin.

08 Dec 2017

Next Call December 11, 4 pm CET (3 pm UTC): Discuss all open aspects of the Charter

All,
Our next call will be next Monday, December 11, 4-5 pm CET (3-4 pm UTC).
Connection: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/r5deawgfyrc3/
Given the time pressure, we are calling for an additional meeting to
discuss all remaining aspects of the Charter. Apologies for late notice. I
will try to get some writing done on Monday. There will be one more call on
December 18. The Charter is due together with the session proposal on
December 28.
Charter:

06 Dec 2017

[FYI] IG charter is a precondition for Berlin session

Dear all,
I just received word from our TAB Liaison that the IG Charter is a
precondition for scheduling the IG breakout for the Berlin meeting. This
comes to a surprise (to me). It is tight but perhaps not unthinkable to get
it done by December 28 (and there are advantages to get it done).
Cheers, m.

01 Dec 2017

Next Call December 4, 4 pm CET (3 pm UTC): Discuss Charter Section 2

All,
Our next call will be next Monday, December 4, 4-5 pm CET (3-4 pm UTC).
Connection: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/remkcukzxw22/
The aim of the call is to discuss Charter Section 2, “User scenario(s) or
use case(s) the IG wishes to address (what triggered the desire for this IG
in the first place)”.
Charter:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SToNK8fK6VWOGN_So5r4LIiFZ4Wdr62eeVEM...

30 Nov 2017

Next call Monday December 4

All,
our next call is scheduled for Monday next week, 4 pm CET (3 pm UTC), but I
cannot provide you with a connection link before tomorrow at the earliest
(since I am moving to another institution). Please mark the time in your
calendars and hold on for further instructions. If you have some spare time
before Monday, consider contributing to Section 2 "User scenario(s) or use
case(s) the IG wishes to address" of the Charter here:

13 Nov 2017

Next Call November 20, 4 pm CET (3 pm UTC): Discuss Charter Section 2

All,
Our next call will be next Monday, November 20, 4-5 pm CET (3-4 pm UTC).
Connection: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/rosz68pc81pg/
The aim of the call is to discuss Charter Section 2, “User scenario(s) or
use case(s) the IG wishes to address (what triggered the desire for this IG
in the first place)”.
Charter:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SToNK8fK6VWOGN_So5r4LIiFZ4Wdr62eeVEM...

01 Nov 2017

Next Call Friday, November 3, 4 pm CET (3 pm UTC): Update on Charter Introduction

All,
Admittedly late and with short notice, our next call will be this Friday, 3
pm UTC (4 pm CET).
Connection: https://webconf.vc.dfn.de/rua4wmjgtd9u/
The aim of the call is to review the current state of the Charter
Introduction.
Charter:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SToNK8fK6VWOGN_So5r4LIiFZ4Wdr62eeVEM...