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Tuesday, January 7

2:00pm EST

ESIP Geoscience Community Ontology Engineering Workshop (GCOEW)
"Brains! Brains! Give us your brains!""
- Friendly neighbourhood machine minds
The collective knowledge in the ESIP community is immense and invaluable. During this session, we'd like to make sure that this knowledge drives the semantic technology (ontologies) being developed to move data with machine-readable knowledge in Earth and planetary science.
What we'll do:

In the first half hour of this session, we'll a) sketch out how and why we build ontologies and b) show you how to request that your knowledge gets added to ontologies (with nanocrediting).
We'll then have a 30-minute crowdsourcing jam session, during which participants can share their geoscience knowledge on the SWEET issue tracker. With a simple post, you can shape how the semantic layer will behave, making sure it does your field justice! Request content and share knowledge here: https://github.com/ESIPFed/sweet/issues
In the last, 30 minutes we'll take one request and demonstrate how we go about ""ontologising"" it in ENVO and how we link that to SWEET to create interoperable ontologies across the Earth and life sciences.

Come join us and help us shape the future of Geo-semantics!

Stuff you'll need:
A GitHub account available at https://github.com/
An ORCID (for nanocrediting your contributions) available at https://orcid.org How to Prepare for this Session:


View Recording:

  • Working toward a future (5-10 year goal) of making an open Earth & Space Science Foundry (from SWEET) similar to the OBO (Open Biological and Biomedical Ontology) Foundry. “Humans write queries”. Class definitions need to be machine-readable for interoperability, but must remain human-readable for authoring queries, ontology reuse, etc.
  • Please feel free to add phenomena of interest to the SWEET https://github.com/ESIPFed/sweet/issues/ or ENVO https://github.com/EnvironmentOntology/envo/issues/ issue trackers. 
  • At AGU they added a convention for changes to ontologies. Class level annotation convention. Can get now get textual defs from DBpedia for SWEET terms. See https://github.com/ESIPFed/sweet/wiki/SWEET-Class-Annotation-Convention

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Lewis J. McGibbney

Chair, ESIP Semantic Technologies Committee, NASA, JPL
My name is Lewis John McGibbney, I am currently a Data Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California where I work in Computer Science and Data Intensive Applications. I enjoy floating up and down the tide of technologies @ The Apache Software Foundation having... Read More →

Tuesday January 7, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
Glen Echo
  Glen Echo, Working Session

4:00pm EST

Defining the Bull's Eye of Sample Metadata
In recent years, the integration of physical collections and samples into digital data infrastructure has received increased attention in the context of Open Science and FAIR research results. In order to support open, transparent, and reproducible science, physical samples need to be uniquely identified, findable in online catalogues, well documented, and linked to related data, publications, people, and other relevant digital information. Substantial progress has been made through wide-spread implementation of the IGSN as a persistent unique identifier. What is missing is the development and implementation of protocols and best practices for sample metadata. Effort to do this have shown that it is impossible to develop a common vocabulary that describes all samples collected: one size does not fit all and each domain e.g. soil scientists, volcanologists, cosmochemists, paleoclimate scientists, and granite researchers – to name a few examples - all have their own vocabularies. Yet there is a minimum set of attributes that are common to all samples, the ‘Bull’s Eye of sample metadata’. This session invites participants from all walks of earth and environmental science to help define what is the minimum set of attributes needed to describe physical samples that are at the heart of much of Earth and environmental research.

How to Prepare for this Session:
Participations should come with a list of the mimimum metadata requirements for their institutions or domains.  They should be prepared to give a brief introduction to their needs.

Session Agenda:
  1. Introduction to the issue
  2. Review of existing examples and discussion of the limitations
  3. Discuss minimal requirements; propose changes/addition
  4. Summarize outcomes and discuss next steps
Google doc with the current metadata list and proposed changes

Presentations: ​​​​

View Recording: https://youtu.be/bxhTmrNqkCA


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Lesley Wyborn

Adjunct Fellow, Australian National University
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Kerstin Lehnert

President, IGSN e.V.
Kerstin Lehnert is Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Director of EarthChem, the System for Earth Sample Registration, and the Astromaterials Data System. Kerstin holds a Ph.D in Petrology from the University of Freiburg in... Read More →

Tuesday January 7, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm EST
Linden Oak
  Linden Oak, Working Session
Wednesday, January 8

2:00pm EST

Advancing Data Integration approaches of the structured data web
Political, economic, social or scientific decision making is often based on integrated data from multiple sources across potentially many disciplines. To be useful, data need to be easy to discover and integrate.
This session will feature presentations highlighting recent breakthroughs and lessons learned from experimentation and implementation of open knowledge graph, linked data concepts and Discrete Global Grid Systems. Practicality and adoptability will be the emphasis - focusing on incremental opportunities that enable transformational capabilities using existing technologies. Best practices from the W3C Spatial Data on the Web Working Group, OGC Environmental Linked Features Interoperability Experiment, ESIP Science on Schema.org; implementation examples from Geoscience Australia, Ocean Leadership Consortium, USGS and other organisations will featured across the entire session.
This session will highlight how existing technologies and best practices can be combined to address important and common use cases that have been difficult if not impossible until recent developments. A follow up session will be used to seed future collaborative development through co-development, github issue creation, and open documentation generation.

How to Prepare for this Session: Review: https://opengeospatial.github.io/ELFIE/, https://github.com/ESIPFed/science-on-schema.org, https://www.w3.org/TR/sdw-bp/, and http://locationindex.org/.

Notes, links, and attendee contact info here.

View Recording: https://youtu.be/-raMt2Y1CdM

Session Agenda:
1.  2.00- 2.10,  Sylvain Grellet, Abdelfettah Feliachi, BRGM, France
'Linked data' the glue within interoperable information systems
“Our Environmental Information Systems are exposing environmental features, their monitoring systems and the observation they generate in an interoperable way (technical and semantic) for years. In Europe, there is even a legal obligation to such practices via the INSPIRE directive. However, the practice inducing data providers to set up services in a "Discovery > View > Download data" pattern hides data behind the services. This hinders data discovery and reuse. Linked Data on the Web Best Practices put this stack upside down and data is now back in the first line. This completely revamp the design and capacities of our Information Systems. We'll highlight the new data frontiers opened by such practices taking examples on the French National Groundwater Information Network”
View Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.11550570.v1

2.  2.10 - 2.20,  Adam Leadbetter, Rob Thomas, Marine Institute, Ireland
Using RDF Data Cubes for data visualization: an Irish pilot study for publishing environmental data to the semantic web
The Irish Wave and Weather Buoy Networks return metocean data at 5-60 minute intervals from 9 locations in the seas around Ireland. Outside of the Earth Sciences an example use case for these data is in supporting Blue Economy development and growth (e.g. renewable energy device development). The Marine Institute, as the operator of the buoy platforms, in partnership with the EU H2020 funded Open Government Intelligence project has published daily summary data from these buoys using the RDF DataCube model[1]. These daily statistics are available as Linked Data via a SPARQL endpoint making these data semantically interoperable and machine readable. This API underpins a pilot dashboard for data exploration and visualization. The dashboard presents the user with the ability to explore the data and derive plots for the historic summary data, while interactively subsetting from the full resolution data behind the statistics. Publishing environmental data with these technologies makes accessing environmental data available to developers outside those with Earth Science involvement and effectively lowers the entry bar for usage to those familiar with Linked Data technologies.
View Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.11550570.v1

3. 2.20 - 2.30,  Boyan Brodaric, Eric Boisvert, Geological Survey of Canada, Canada; David Blodgett, USGS, USA
Toward a Linked Water Data Infrastructure for North America
We will describe progress on a pilot project using Linked Data approaches to connect a wide variety of water-related information within Canada and the US, as well as across the shared border
View Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.11541984.v1

4.  2.30 - 2.40,  Dalia Varanka, E. Lynn Usery, USGS, USA
The Map as Knowledge Base; Integrating Linked Open Topographic Data from The National Map of the U.S. Geological Survey
This presentation describes the objectives, models, and approaches for a prototype system for cross-thematic topographic data integration based on semantic technology. The system framework offers a new perspectives on conceptual, logical, and physical system integration in contrast to widely used geographic information systems (GIS).
View Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.11541615.v1

5.  2.40 – 2.50,  Alistair Ritchie, Landcare, New Zealand
ELFIE at Landcare Research, New Zealand
Landcare Research, a New Zealand Government research institute, creates, manages and publishes a large set of observational and modelling data describing New Zealand’s land, soil, terrestrial biodiversity and invasive species. We are planning to use the findings of the ELFIE initiatives to guide the preparation of a default view of the data to help discovery (by Google), use (by web developers) and integration (into the large environmental data commons managed by other agencies). This integration will not only link data about the environment together, but will also expose more advanced data services. Initial work is focused on soil observation data, and the related scientific vocabularies, but we anticipate near universal application across our data holdings.
View Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.11550369.v1

6.  2.50 - 3.00,  Irina Bastrakova, Geoscience Australia, Australia
Location Index Project (Loc-I) – integration of data on people, business & the environment
Location Index (Loc-I) is a framework that provides a consistent way to seamlessly integrate data on people, business, and the environment.
Location Index aims to extend the characteristics of the foundation spatial data of taking geospatial data (multiple geographies) which is essential to support public safety and wellbeing, or critical for a national or government decision making that contributes significantly to economic, social and environmental sustainability and linking it with observational data. Through providing the infrastructure to suppo

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Jonathan Yu

Research data scientist/architect, CSIRO
Jonathan is a data scientist/architect with the Environmental Informatics group in CSIRO. He has expertise in information and web architectures, data integration (particularly Linked Data), data analytics and visualisation. Dr Yu is currently the technical lead for the Loc-I project... Read More →
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Dalia Varanka

Research Physical Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey
Principle Investigator and Project Lead, The Map as Knowledge Base

Alastair Richie

Landcare Research NZ

Adam Leadbetter

Marine Institute

Rob Thomas

Marine Institute

Boyan Brodaric

Natural Resources Canada

Eric Boisvert

Natural Resources Canada
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Irina Bastrakova

Director, Spatial Data Architecture, Geoscience Australia
I have been actively involved with international and national geoinformatics communities for more than 19 years. I am the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Metadata Working Group. My particular interest is in developing and practical application of geoscientific and geospatial... Read More →
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David Blodgett

U.S. Geological Survey

Wednesday January 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:30pm EST
White Flint

4:00pm EST

Structured data web and coverages integration working session
This working session will follow on the "Advancing Data Integration approaches of the structured data web” session and the Coverage Analytics sprint as an opportunity for those interested in building linked data information products that integrate spatial features, coverage data, and more. As such, inspiration will be drawn from projects like science on schema.org, the Environmental Linked Features Interoperability Experiment, the Australian Location Index, and those that session attendees take part in. Participants will self organize into use-case or technology focused groups to discuss and synthesize the outcomes of the sprint and structured data web session. Session outcomes could take a number of forms: linked data and web page mock ups, ideas and issues for OGC, W3C, or ESIP groups to consider, example data or use cases for relevant software development projects to consider, or work plans and proposals for suture ESIP work. The session format is expected to be fluid with an ideation and group formation exercise followed by structured discussion to explore a set of ideas then narrow on a focused valuable outcome. Participants will be encouraged to work together prior to the meeting to design and plan the session structure. Outcomes of the session will be reported at an Information Technology and Interoperability webinar in early 2020. How to Prepare for this Session: Attend the coverage sprint and the "Advancing Data Integration approaches of the structured data web" session.

Shared document for session here.

Full Notes: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.11559087.v1


View Recording: https://youtu.be/u2x3I0cr46A

  • Takeaways
    Breakout session information interoperability committee and webinar series. See notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LpcTMwP0mAD4G4Gb8mStI5uSDV61_qWPUkQ9nI1x1cI/edit?usp=sharing
  • Foster cross-project consistency via breakouts. Such as dealing with science on schema.org issue of Links to “in-band” linked (meta)data and “out of band” linked data. Content negotiation and in-band and out of band links Use blank nodes with link properties for rdf elements that are URI for out of band content. Identify in band links with sdo @id, out of band links with sdo:URL
  • Incorporating Spatial Coverages in Knowledge Graphs; Next Steps? Need to explore more on tessellations as an intermediate index. Will carry forward some of these ideas at the EDR SWG Will represent some of these ideas to the OGC-API Coverages SWG Will mention these ideas to the UFOKN Role of ‘spatial’ knowledge graphs Will spatial data analysis and transformation tools grow to adopt/support RDF as an underlying data structure for spatial information or will RDF continue to be a ‘view’ of existing (legacy) spatial data in GI systems?

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Adam Shepherd

Technical Director, Co-PI, BCO-DMO
schema.org | Data Containerization | Linked Data | Semantic Web | Knowledge Representation | Ontologies
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Irina Bastrakova

Director, Spatial Data Architecture, Geoscience Australia
I have been actively involved with international and national geoinformatics communities for more than 19 years. I am the Chair of the Australian and New Zealand Metadata Working Group. My particular interest is in developing and practical application of geoscientific and geospatial... Read More →

William Francis

Geoscience Australia
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Jonathan Yu

Research data scientist/architect, CSIRO
Jonathan is a data scientist/architect with the Environmental Informatics group in CSIRO. He has expertise in information and web architectures, data integration (particularly Linked Data), data analytics and visualisation. Dr Yu is currently the technical lead for the Loc-I project... Read More →

Doug Fils

Consortium for Ocean Leadership
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David Blodgett

U.S. Geological Survey

Wednesday January 8, 2020 4:00pm - 5:30pm EST
White Flint