The Digital Representation of Scientific Units of Measure - RDA 10th Plenary BoF meeting

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Meeting title

Discussion of the needs for an IG on Units of Measure

Short introduction describing the activities and the scope of the group: 

Units of measure are an important component of the representation of scientific data across every field of study.  Currently, the representation of digital scientific units is fragmented with a number of projects/ontologies/approaches to address this issue.  This area needs standardization in order that it not become major issue relative to research data interoperability and reuse.

Recently, a project ( has been funded by NIST to build a repository for development and administration of digital representations of scientific units using the Quantities, Units, Dimensions and DataTypes (QUDT - ontology framework.  The success of this project requires the input of both scientific and data science experts so that it meets the needs of both communities and supports the integration of research data.

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Meeting objectives

  • To describe the project ‘Development of a Units Repository for Administration and Dissemination of Scientific Units for Use in Semantic Applications’
  • To survey the use cases and needs of the RDA community relative to digital units
  • To evaluate the need for an Interest Group in this area

Meeting agenda

(moderation: Stuart Chalk)

  1. Presentation describing the units project (Stuart Chalk – 20 minutes)
  2. Group discussion of use case, needs, best practices, and existing systems (all)
  3. Identification of the needs of RDA for the formation of an IG on units of measure (all)
  4. Summary of discussion and conversation about next steps (Chalk)


The target audience for this meeting includes experts in ontology development and best practices, database administrators that need to store scientific data, API developers, and those in the community interested in FAIR data.  Attendees should review the project proposal and the v2.0 implementation of QUDT.

Group chair serving as contact person: Stuart Chalk

Type of meeting: Informative meeting

Session Room: Mansfield 8

Session Time:  Wednesday 20 September, Breakout 6, 15:30 - 17:00

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