Vocabulary Services Interest Group Charter Proposal

10 Mar 2015

Vocabulary Services Interest Group Charter Proposal

Draft Charter

The Vocabulary Service Interest Group (VSIG) seeks to develop community-based recommendations on approaches to publication of controlled vocabularies on the web. Community standard controlled vocabularies are used in metadata annotation and labelling data files to solve problems of ambiguity associated with data markup and also enabling records to be interpreted by computers. This opens up data sets to a whole world of possibilities for computer aided manipulation, distribution and long term reuse. The recommendations of the Vocabulary Service Interest Group will address the needs of research communities for using controlled vocabularies published on the web.  The Interest Group aims to represent all stakeholders involved in the controlled vocabulary lifecycle in research domains: content producers; maintainers; and consumers.  Discussions topics will include, but are not necessarily be limited to: vocabulary representation; reuse; curation; and interlinking or mapping. These discussions will allow the Interest Group to propose solutions allowing the cross-domain use of vocabularies, including mapping relationships between domains. This Interest Group will help to promote good practices by producers and consumers of controlled vocabularies.  The Interest Group will develop a timeline for activities as they form. 
  • VSIG will survey vocabulary efforts from related communities and provide a summary report on existing practices
  • VSIG will identify common terminology in the context of vocabulary publication
  • VSIG will identify common functionality for vocabulary publication services
  • VSIG will collect and report on use cases from the research community regarding using published vocabularies and vocabulary services
  • VSIG will develop recommendations for vocabulary publication services
  • bi-monthly telecons/webex to initiate the activities of the IG and develop a timeline and plan for producing deliverables defined in this charter’s objectives
  • meeting notes and whitepapers to be publicly available via the RDA wiki
Relationship to other RDA interest- and working-groups
The VSIG will coordinate with RDA interest / groups that have common interests in vocabulary publication and usage.
  • Data Foundations and Terminology IG
    • VSIG will work with the Data Foundations and Terminology IG to discuss how data objects defined using data models can be associated with terms from research controlled vocabularies.
  • Metadata IG
    • VSIG will work with the Metadata IG to discuss common interest in how vocabulary terms me be utilized in research data metadata and in recommendations for metadata about controlled vocabularies.  
  • RDA/WDS Publishing Data IG
    • VSIG will work with the RDA/WDS Publishing Data IG to discuss common interest in utilizing controlled vocabularies in the publication of research data
  • Domain Repositories IG
    • VSIG will work with the Domain Repositories IG to discuss common interest in controlled vocabulary terms utilization in domain repositories
Name Email Organization Title Field / Area of Interest Role
Stephan Zednik zednis2@rpi.edu RPI Sr. Software Engineer Semantic Web co-chair
Simon Cox simon.cox@csiro.au CSIRO Research Scientist Earth and environmental sciences, semantic web co-chair
Adam Shepherd ashepherd@whoi.edu WHOI     co-chair
Adam Leadbetter adam.leadbetter@marine.ie Marine Institute (Galway, Ireland) Team Leader for Data Management Publishing vocabulary services, Content governance for marine science vocabularies co-chair
Patrick West westp@rpi.edu RPI Principal Software Engineer Semantic Web participant
Marshall X Ma max7@rpi.edu RPI Associate Research Scientist Semantic Web, Data Science participant
Cyndy Chandler cchandler@whoi.edu WHOI Information Systems Specialist Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry participant
Frances Lightsom flightsom@usgs.gov U.S. Geological Survey Ocean Data Ambassador Environmental data management participant
Louise Darroch lorr@bodc.ac.uk BODC     participant
Rebecca Koskela rkoskela@unm.edu UNM Executive Director, DataONE   participant
Matthew Jones jones@nceas.ucsb.edu NCEAS/UCSB     participant
Dr. Adrian Burton adrian.burton@ands.org.au Australian National Data Service Director, Services National Research Infrastructure participant
Stephen Richard steve.richard@azgs.az.gov Arizona Geological Survey Chief Geoinformatics Section Geoscience vocabularies, SKOS, XML, interoperability participant
Arthur Smith apsmith@aps.org American Physical Society Lead Data Analyst physics participant
Robert Groman rgroman@whoi.edu Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Information Systems Specialist Data Management participant
Jane Frazier jane.frazier@ands.org.au Australian National Data Service Data Librarian Metadata participant
Jonathan Yu jonathan.yu@csiro.au CSIRO Senior Experimental Scientist Computer science, Semantic web, Ontologies, spatial data infrastructures, web services participant
Robert Thomas room@bodc.ac.uk British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) Marine Data Scientist Oceanographic data management and vocabularies participant
Gema Bueno-de-la-Fuente gbueno@bib.uc3m.es iSchool, University Carlos III of Madrid Assistant Professor digital libraries, vocabularies, open data participant
Herbert Schentz Herbert.schentz@umweltbundesamt.at Umweltbundesamt GmbH (environment agency Austria (EAA))   semantics, semantic data integration participant
Dr. Kim Finney kimtfinney@gmail.com FiNK Data Director Data Management; Ontologies participant




Documents : 
  • Joe Hourclé's picture

    Author: Joe Hourclé

    Date: 13 Mar, 2015

    I'd be interested in participating on this.  (assumng I can find time between everything else).

  • Cynthia Hudson Vitale's picture

    Author: Cynthia Hudson ...

    Date: 21 Mar, 2015

    Hello - I'm also interested in particpating in this interest group. I wonder if content aggregators would also be a stakeholder in the controlled vocabularly lifecycle?  The mapping of terms would be a very useful project as it would also help faciliate cross domain data integration - or at least increased understanding. 

  • Stephan Zednik's picture

    Author: Stephan Zednik

    Date: 26 Mar, 2015

    I think content aggregators are a great example of stakeholders of the controlled vocabulary life-cycle and it would be very valuable to capture their use cases and ensure their needs are considered as we discuss and develop guidance on how to publish vocabularies and vocabulary mappings.  Along with content aggregators I am interested in how data portals can leverage mapping information to facilitate data integration.  I think the use cases will be similar but it will be good to work each independently.

  • Siri Jodha Khalsa's picture

    Author: Siri Jodha Khalsa

    Date: 21 Mar, 2015

    The Brokering IG enthusiastically supports this IG. Currently, the Semantic Broker is able to utilize vocabularies expressed in SKOS to augment search queries for data and service resources. A standardized methodology for accessing domain vocabularies would greatly enhance our ability to incorporate new semantics into the broker.


    Santoro, Mattia, Paolo Mazzetti, Stefano Nativi, Cristiano Fugazza, Carlos Granell, and Laura Díaz. 2012. “Methodologies for Augmented Discovery of Geospatial Resources.” Geographic Information Systems: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications: 305.

    PDF icon Santoro_bookChapter.pdf1.76 MB

  • Herbert Schentz's picture

    Author: Herbert Schentz

    Date: 01 Apr, 2015

    Additionally to brokering, cross vocabulary search functions, (as e.g. offered by bioportal [http://bioportal.bioontology.org/ ] and linked open vocabularies [http://lov.okfn.org/dataset/lov]) are also very valuable. They help to avoid reinvention of wheels and to bridge different "semantic worlds".