“Ontologist’s” perspective Marine environmental data
Adam Leadbetter (alead@bodc.ac.uk), British Oceanographic Data Centre
Overview
- A history lesson
- An aside
- Use cases

- Recent developments
- The future?
A History Lesson
- The concept of “controlled vocabularies” is well
established in the oceanographic domain
- Decades!
- I...
A History Lesson
- Content governance improvements
- Projects that care about content
e.g. NERC Data Grid, SeaDataNet
- Co...
A History Lesson
- Technical governance improvements
- Development of the NERC Vocabulary Server
(NVS)
- V 1.X uses a voca...
An Aside

- We work in the “thesauri” area of the
spectrum
- With > 30,000 concepts; > 100,000 mappings
Use Cases
- Metadata markup with verifiable content

- Dynamic drop down lists
- Semantic cross-walk

- “Smart” discovery
...
Use Cases
- EC FP7 Project NETMAR
Use Cases
- EC FP7 Project NETMAR: ICAN Pilot
NETMAR
Extended
Ontology

“Coastline”
- Shoreline
- High res coastline
NETMA...
Recent Developments
- Design and construction of NVS V2.0
- Move from original version of SKOS to latest
- Payload include...
Recent Developments
- NVS V2.0 also upgrades the API
- RESTful and SOAP interfaces
- Nine methods available in API

- Conc...
Recent Developments
The future?
- Ontology extension
- Already have “soft” links to WoRMS & ITIS
- GEMET, MMI ORR
- Mulitingual concept titles...
Thank you!
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Euromarine Consortium Workshop: Vocabularies and Ontology. Athens, Greece. 18 October 2011

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"Ontologist's Perspective" - Marine Environmental Data

  1. 1. “Ontologist’s” perspective Marine environmental data Adam Leadbetter (alead@bodc.ac.uk), British Oceanographic Data Centre
  2. 2. Overview - A history lesson - An aside - Use cases - Recent developments - The future?
  3. 3. A History Lesson - The concept of “controlled vocabularies” is well established in the oceanographic domain - Decades! - Initially published in hard copy form - Then as .CSV via FTP - Governance issues ensued!
  4. 4. A History Lesson - Content governance improvements - Projects that care about content e.g. NERC Data Grid, SeaDataNet - Committees and mailing lists e.g. CF Standard Names, SeaVoX
  5. 5. A History Lesson - Technical governance improvements - Development of the NERC Vocabulary Server (NVS) - V 1.X uses a vocabulary data model - Entries comprise: key, term, abbreviated term, definition, semantic relationships
  6. 6. An Aside - We work in the “thesauri” area of the spectrum - With > 30,000 concepts; > 100,000 mappings
  7. 7. Use Cases - Metadata markup with verifiable content - Dynamic drop down lists - Semantic cross-walk - “Smart” discovery - Semantic enablement of WPSs
  8. 8. Use Cases - EC FP7 Project NETMAR
  9. 9. Use Cases - EC FP7 Project NETMAR: ICAN Pilot NETMAR Extended Ontology “Coastline” - Shoreline - High res coastline NETMAR Semantic High res Framework coastline “Coastline”? Data including: Shoreline & High res Shoreline coastline Washington State Atlas California Atlas Local vocabulary Local vocabulary
  10. 10. Recent Developments - Design and construction of NVS V2.0 - Move from original version of SKOS to latest - Payload includes governance & provenance infromation - Ability to deliver true thesauri as concept schemes - Provision for multilingual (human!) support
  11. 11. Recent Developments - NVS V2.0 also upgrades the API - RESTful and SOAP interfaces - Nine methods available in API - Concept deprecation now an option - Visualisation, search and edit tools
  12. 12. Recent Developments
  13. 13. The future? - Ontology extension - Already have “soft” links to WoRMS & ITIS - GEMET, MMI ORR - Mulitingual concept titles, definitions - More API methods? - SPARQL?
  14. 14. Thank you!

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