From Observational Data to Information IG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Paul Uhlir
IG Established

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

15 Mar 2019

Lightning talks at upcoming Plenary Joint Session with VRE IG

Dear all,
At the upcoming plenary in Philadelphia, VRE IG [1] and OD2I IG [2]
organize a joint session to explore the role of VREs in implementing
and executing data to knowledge value chains in research.
We are seeking lightning talks (approx. 5 minutes) that provide
theoretical or practical insights into this subject. If such a talk is
of interest to you, please contact Markus Stocker
(***@***.***) with a very short abstract. Speakers will
also be invited for a panel discussion.

11 Feb 2019

Call for Abstracts: Digital Earth Symposium 2019

Dear all,
I like to highlight the digital earth symposium
I am co-chairing the session on "Earth Observation Data to Knowledge
Value Chains" where we look for research community and/or ICT
specialists contributions that present (1) how Earth observation
(remote or in-situ) data are used to gain information and knowledge of
interest to science or society more broadly; or (2) how systems (e.g.,
VREs) support the execution of such data to knowledge value chains.

21 Dec 2018

Draft joint session proposal for P13 (with VRE IG)

Dear all,
We have developed a draft session proposal for P13, due January 5.
Please revise.
I won't attend P13 but we will agree on session chair.
Thank you all for your contributions to this IG during 2018! I wish
you relaxed remaining days of
2018 and a great start into the new year.
Cheers, m.