From Observational Data to Information


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Paul Uhlir
Not yet endorsed

Our aim is to advance shared understanding of the relationship between data and information, primarily in the context of environmental research infrastructures for observational data and semantic information about observed environments. While commonly used, the terms data and information are poorly understood. Typically understood as the values organized in rows and columns, in reality there are observational data, experimental data, simulation data. There are feature, trend, geospatial data sets. There are primary data, secondary data, derivative data, operational data, metadata. Furthermore, we increasingly speak of mining information from data and transferring information into knowledge. However, what mined information is and how information is represented and recorded in research infrastructures remains obscure. Knowledge is even more complex. There is a need to clarify what data, information and possibly knowledge are, and how these concepts relate in the research infrastructure context. We provide a platform to advance this subject matter.

Recent Activity

13 Nov 2017

Next Call November 20, 4 pm CET (3 pm UTC): Discuss Charter Section 2

Our next call will be next Monday, November 20, 4-5 pm CET (3-4 pm UTC).
The aim of the call is to discuss Charter Section 2, “User scenario(s) or
use case(s) the IG wishes to address (what triggered the desire for this IG
in the first place)”.

01 Nov 2017

Next Call Friday, November 3, 4 pm CET (3 pm UTC): Update on Charter Introduction

Admittedly late and with short notice, our next call will be this Friday, 3
pm UTC (4 pm CET).
The aim of the call is to review the current state of the Charter

20 Oct 2017

Informal meet-up next week at GEO-XIV Plenary, Washington DC

Some of us are attending the 14th GEO Plenary [1] next week in Washington
DC and it has been suggested that interested people could have an informal
meet-up. Let me know if you are atteding as I will be collecting the names
and emails.
Cheers, m.

11 Oct 2017

Next Call Monday, October 16, 4-5 pm CEST: Charter Introduction

we will have our next conference call on Monday, October 16, 4-5 pm CEST.
The goal of this call is to work on the Charter Introduction, a brief
articulation of what issues the IG will address, how this IG is aligned
with the RDA mission, and how this IG would be a value-added contribution
to the RDA community.
RDA Mission:
RDA builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of
Cheers, m.

15 Sep 2017

[FYI] Refined agenda, remote access, session notes

As noted on the session page [1], we will have remote access for the
session. I am copying the GoToMeeting link here:
Also, we have the possibility to collaboratively take notes during the
meeting using this Google Doc:
Finally, the refined agenda:

28 Jul 2017

Conference call Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 4-5 pm CEST

we will have our next conference call next week on Tuesday, August 1, 4-5
pm CEST.
Meeting agenda:
Please comment with issues you like to raise. The document includes the RDA
web page group description. Please review the paragraph so that we can