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WP4 Overview (Standards)


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WP4 Overview (Standards)

  1. 1. Linking Standards to Flexible and Controlled Vocabularies Olaf Bánki University of Amsterdam [email_address] Workpackage 4 Standardisation ViBRANT Virtual Biodiversity
  2. 2. Who we are & what we do <ul><li>UvA’s experience (Institute of Biodiversity and ecosystem Dynamics) </li></ul><ul><li>Long history in Biodiversity and Informatics projects: one such an example is LifeWatch </li></ul><ul><li>Extensive experience in Virtual Laboratories </li></ul><ul><li>Olaf’s experience: </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant Coordinator LifeWatch preparatory project </li></ul><ul><li>Tropical Forest Ecologist: tree diversity patterns Guianas </li></ul><ul><li>Netherlands Committee for IUCN (Commission on Ecosystem Management) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Objectives of Wp4 <ul><li>To ensure compatibility and access of all data within ViBRANT to other research and publishing infrastructures and services. </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitate integration and harmonization of datasets </li></ul><ul><li>Managing and dissemination of ontology's </li></ul><ul><li>Offering a flexible system of user driven vocabularies </li></ul>
  4. 4. Activities of Wp4 <ul><li>Scratchpad Common Access point: facilitate data exchange between scratchpads communities and the CDM resources </li></ul><ul><li>Ontology tools: continue to develop Drupal/GBIF ontology tool and an equivalent tool based on semantic wiki and make these available into a user friendly interface </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing services enhancements: develop robust services based on usage statistics and feedback that enhance the prototype tools </li></ul>
  5. 5. Challenges for Wp4 <ul><li>Some potential risks: </li></ul><ul><li>Vocabularies: fusion of wiki based approach and form based approach </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Linkage between Drupal, semantic wiki, CDM, and other programming tools </li></ul><ul><li>A risk concerning the diversity in standards of distributed datasets </li></ul><ul><li>What is being developed is not attractive to users </li></ul>
  6. 6. Linking workpackage activities within ViBRANT <ul><li>Wp2 Technical Architecture: common data access point </li></ul><ul><li>Wp3: for user feedback on tools and services developed </li></ul><ul><li>Wp5: linking data API with tools API (e.g. from EDIT) </li></ul><ul><li>Wp6: use of standards in publishing </li></ul><ul><li>Wp7: adoption of standards in relation to digital libraries (e.g. connection with TDWG) and search services </li></ul><ul><li>Wp8: quality improvement of external data, standards in relation to APIs for citizen scientists, field recording applications module </li></ul>
  7. 7. Linkage with other bioinformatics projects <ul><li>Some Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Biodiversity Heritage Library </li></ul><ul><li>CDM </li></ul><ul><li>EDIT </li></ul><ul><li>EoL </li></ul><ul><li>GBIF </li></ul><ul><li>LifeWatch </li></ul><ul><li>PESI </li></ul><ul><li>TWDG </li></ul><ul><li>4D4Life </li></ul>
  8. 8. UvA’s role in ViBRANT WP4 <ul><li>Described tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Networking task </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement in several milestones: MS 410 connecting Scratchpads to CDM store (BGBM, Month 6), MS 415 definition of API and portal implementation (BGBM and others, Month 15), MS 414 further development of milestones in relation to usage and feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Potential </li></ul><ul><li>Ecological background could result in user-centric approach </li></ul><ul><li>Open data and construction strategy ViBRANT and LifeWatch </li></ul>