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

20 Feb 2018

[FYI] Fwd: RDA TAB Approval - From Observational Data to Information IG

Good news!
Cheers, m.
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Yarmey, Lynn Rees <***@***.***>
Date: Tue, Feb 20, 2018, 01:08
Subject: RDA TAB Approval - From Observational Data to Information IG
To: markus.stocker <***@***.***>, Stefano Nativi <
***@***.***>, jay.pearlman <***@***.***>, Asmi, Ari
J <***@***.***>
Cc: Andrew Treloar <***@***.***>, Francoise Genova <
***@***.***>, Paul Uhlir
<***@***.***>, Yarmey,
Lynn Rees <***@***.***>
Dear co-chairs,

02 Feb 2018

Next Call February 6, 4 pm CET (3 pm UTC): Planning P11 Session

Our next call will be next Tuesday, February 6, 4-5 pm CET (3-4 pm UTC).
The primary aim of the call is to start planning the P11 Session.
Meetings notes:
Cheers, m.

02 Feb 2018

P11 Session Accepted!

Good news. Stay tuned for info regarding the call next week, Tuesday 3-4
UTC. Also, a short reminder about the doodle poll regarding the regular
Cheers, m.
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Timea Biro <***@***.***>
Date: Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 6:54 AM
Subject: Re: Fwd: Form submission from: 11th Plenary Group Session
Application Form - IG From Observational Data to Information

29 Jan 2018

OD2I Conference Calls

Dear all,
Hope you started 2018 well.
First and foremost: Our session at the Berlin Plenary was approved by the
RDA TAB. Good news.
January is gone and it is time to get back to our conference calls. Since I
will be teaching on Monday afternoon, I need to renegotiate day and time. I
have created a doodle poll here:
This poll is for the regular day and time. Time is fixed to 3-4 pm UTC (as

27 Dec 2017

OD2I IG Charter Published: Ready for Review

on behalf of the (prospective) OD2I IG, I like to inform you that we have
published the Charter. The document can be found here [1], most importantly
the attachment [2]. Please inform us on next steps regarding the review.
Best regards,
Markus Stocker (on behalf of the co-chairs Stefano Nativi, Jay Pearlman,
Ari Asmi and the OD2I IG)

20 Dec 2017

Upcoming conferences with "data to information/knowledge" theme

In addition to the next RDA Plenary, there are a couple of other events I
know of with "data to information/knowledge" as the core theme, in
* Göttingen-CODATA RDM Symposium 2018, "The critical role of university RDM
infrastructure in transforming data to knowledge" [1]
* 10th International Conference on Ecological Informatics, "Translating
Ecological Data into Knowledge and Decisions in a Rapidly Changing World"
It is hardly a coincidence that they are in Germany and share the theme

15 Dec 2017

Next Call December 18, 4 pm CET (3 pm UTC): Discuss Possible issues with Charter and P11 Session Proposal

Our next call will be next Monday, December 18, 4-5 pm CET (3-4 pm UTC).
This is the last call before the deadline on December 28 for the P11
Session Proposal and the required Charter. Any help with Charter review
between now and December 22 is highly appreciated. Also, please mark your
names in the table at the end of the Charter to signal interest in the
prospective IG. We will not assume that those currently on the mailing list

13 Dec 2017

[ANN] Charter ready for review

I am pleased to announce that we have a reasonably advanced final draft of
the IG Charter.
You can find the document here:
It is time for thorough review and we have a reasonable margin until Friday
December 22 to get it into its final form. The Charter is due December 28
together with the session proposal for the next plenary in Berlin.

08 Dec 2017

Next Call December 11, 4 pm CET (3 pm UTC): Discuss all open aspects of the Charter

Our next call will be next Monday, December 11, 4-5 pm CET (3-4 pm UTC).
Given the time pressure, we are calling for an additional meeting to
discuss all remaining aspects of the Charter. Apologies for late notice. I
will try to get some writing done on Monday. There will be one more call on
December 18. The Charter is due together with the session proposal on
December 28.

06 Dec 2017

[FYI] IG charter is a precondition for Berlin session

Dear all,
I just received word from our TAB Liaison that the IG Charter is a
precondition for scheduling the IG breakout for the Berlin meeting. This
comes to a surprise (to me). It is tight but perhaps not unthinkable to get
it done by December 28 (and there are advantages to get it done).
Cheers, m.