Joint online seminar IG-PTTP & IG-RDMinEng: Scientific Annotation - Engineering Applications, Discovery and Preservation

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Joint online seminar IG-PTTP & IG-RDMinEng: Scientific Annotation - Engineering Applications, Discovery and Preservation
20 Jul 2020 UTC

Joint online seminar IG-PTTP & IG-RDMinEng: Scientific Annotation - Engineering Applications, Discovery and Preservation

20 Jul 2020 - 12:00 to 14:00 UTC

Date and Time: 20th July 2020 - 14:00 CEST - 16:00 CEST 

Presenters: Peter Cornwell (ESN-Lyon), Don Brower (University of Notre Dame), Nikola Vasiljevic (DTU), Gretchen Greene (NIST), Eric Decker (University of Basel) and Paula Martinez Lavanchy (TU Delft) 



The first seminar of this series, co-organized with Europa Institute Basel, reviews current applications of scientific annotation together with infrastructure and standards for sharing and preserving annotation metadata.

Building on work at Plenary-11 and a birds-of-a-feather meeting at P-12, case studies in multiple sectors, from biodiversity to the humanities and experimental physics have been developed by Preservation Tools Technologies and Policies (PTTP) IG. Support for annotation datasets, developed in a collaboration with CERN's Zenodo operating group, was announced at P-13, and a preliminary Fedora implementation was demonstrated at Notre Dame (IN, U.S) in late 2019. A pilot project annotating wind turbine data was developed collaboratively between PTTP and RDM-Engineering IG and presented at P-14.

This seminar reviews different annotation paradigms and tools already in widespread use in multiple sectors and, significantly, recent progress with infrastructure for re-use of annotations across multiple disciplines. Using annotation case studies developed over the last five years, workflows supporting manual annotation by researchers as well as automated approaches using language analysis software and neural networks are presented.

Opening the seminar for contribution by participants, IG-PTTP and IG-RDM-Eng propose creating a new tier of projects to examine and test engineering applications of annotation. Engineering datasets from practice are required for this, and the seminar aims to create a forum for identifying and refining data and defining and implementing projects for which the IGs will assist with fund-raising.


Introduction - Peter Cornwell (Preservation Tools, Technologies and Policies - PTTP - IG)

• review of broad spectrum of annotation paradigms

• discussion of access control and workflow management for manual and crowd annotation

• machine annotation using computational language and neural networks

• deriving new research data from analysis of annotation outputs

• discovery, re-use and preservation of scientific annotation


Case Studies

Nikola Vasiljevic, DTU Copenhagen: Wind Turbine Data - annotating large LIDAR datasets to improve usage efficiency by broader community

Gretchen Greene, NIST: Scientific and Engineering Notebook Annotation Case Study - electron microscopy operating notebooks for a network of experimental microscope installations at NIST

Peter Cornwell, ENS-Lyon: Metallurgy Intellectual Property - new materials development for aerospace in France, supporting intellectual property licensing to U.S. companies.

Don Brower, Notre Dame University: Cross-Institution Annotation Tasks during COVID Lockdown

Eric Decker, Basel University: East Asian Business Directories - Building a repository of 20th century treaties and trade agreements between East Asian and European states through annotation tasks


Proposals for pilot projects to develop new applications of annotation in the engineering sector - Paula Martinez Lavanchy

gathering engineering data to support a new tier of pilot projects using existing annotation infrastructure

annotation tooling for engineering applications


How to register:

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