Semantic Data Integration of Biodiversity Data with the SERONTO Ontology

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ALTER-Net is a network of excellence for Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research spanning 24 institutions in 7 European countries.The network adresses biodiversity issues at a European scale through the development of an integrative framework for research and monitoring.
Part of this framework has been concerned with distributed data and information sharing to allow seamless data access and querying of data resources across multiple institutions and heterogenous data spanning several scientific domains.
The establishment of syntactical and semantical interoperability of data resources and services are seen as indispensable requirement for integrating socioe-cological and ecological sciences at a global scale. To achieve the semantic interopability the Socio-Ecological Research and Observation oNTOlogy (SERONTO) has been developed as an extensible semantic framework.
This poster highlights a proof of concept study validating the use of SERONTO and discusses its application in the context of the LifeWatch research infrastructure and presents specific data integration use cases for biodiversity.

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Semantic Data Integration of Biodiversity Data with the SERONTO Ontology

  1. 1. Semantic Data Integration of Biodiversity Data with the SERONTO Ontology NICOLAS BERTRAND , Herbert Schentz , Bert Van Der Werf , Barbara Magagna , 1 2 3 2 Johannes Peterseil , Terry Parr , Michael Mirtl | Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, 2 1 2 1 United Kingdom; Umweltbundesamt, Austria; Alterra, Netherlands 2 3 Introduction Socio-ecological Research & Observation Ontology The SERONTO framework, a product of the Network of Excellence ALTER-Net, was developed to allow An Observations and Measurements SERONTO with Domain Ontologies seamless access and querying of heterogeneous data Ontology resources across multiple institutions and several scientific domains. The establishment of syntactical and semantical interoperability of data resources and services are seen as indispensable requirement for integrating socio- ecological and ecological sciences at a global scale. To achieve the semantic interopability the Socio-Ecological Research and Observation oNTOlogy (SERONTO) has been developed as an extensible semantic framework. This poster presents a project that uses SERONTO to integrate three specific biodiversity datasets. This approach will lead a distributed system that can be SERONTO Design Principles readily extended to other datasets effectly becoming Support for Reference Lists In order to be useful for data a proof of concept for the use of Lifewatch research infrastructure developments for the integration of integration, query, analysis and biodiversity data synthesis SERONTO aspires to be: About LifeWatch ■ logical, transparent and machine readable- easy to use ■ refelects the realities of the domains covered ■ bring together metadata and concrete data as well as semantics ■ efficient for queries ■ minimizing storage ■ scientifically sound ■ standards compliant Source Datasets National Biodiversity Network Gateway Countryside Survey Environmental Change Network data.nbn.org.uk www.countrysidesurvey.org.uk www.ecn.ac.uk Data Integration Integrating biodiversity data at different scales www.lifewatch.eu | info@lifewatch.eu

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