Moving toward FAIR Semantics

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05 Dec 2019
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Meeting objectives: 

Semantic artifacts (ontologies, controlled vocabularies, thesauri, glossaries...) are vital to the realisation of the FAIR principles, as they enhance data and information with well defined meaning, enabling humans and machines to work in cooperation. In order for semantic artifacts to be understood by both humans and machines, they have to be FAIR themselves. Currently, they are hardly discoverable and not interoperable, which clearly hampers their reuse. In this session we invite metadata experts, information scientists, Ontologists and Knowledge Engineers and data service architects to join forces in discussing how we can make semantic artifacts FAIR. 

This discussion will be supported by two types of presentations:
1- an introductory presentation of the first set of recommendations for FAIR Semantics, proposed by the project FAIRsFAIR and based on the outcomes of the initial brainstorming workshop organised during the previous RDA plenary and

2- a lightning talk session during which we invite VSSIG participants, relevant RDA IG/WG as well as external initiatives to present their work on semantics and semantic interoperability.

Meeting agenda: 
  • VSSIG Overview and Update - 5 minutes 

  • FAIR Semantics: introductory presentation - Yann Le Franc - 15 minutes 

  • Lightning presentation(s) : lightning presentation(s) from participants of the VSSIG (i.e. individuals or task groups) and interested external experts- 25- 35 minutes

    • Rob Atkinson - OGC approach to maximising interoperability of semantic resources" (15 minutes)

    • Emna Amdouni - preliminary work regarding the assessment of the level of Fairness of the Agroportal data/metadata (5 minutes)

    • Gwenaelle Moncoiffe- Update on progress from the I-ADOPT RDA Working Group. (5 minutes)

    • Simon Cox - The CODATA DRUM working group (5 minutes)

  • General discussion - 1h

Target Audience: 
  • Metadata experts

  • Information scientists

  • Ontologists and Knowledge Engineer

  • Data service architects

Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

The aim of the VSSIG is to provide a platform to discuss and investigate ways to advance and harmonize practices in the design and the publication of semantic artifacts (i.e. controlled vocabularies, thesauri, ontologies,...). The VSSIG is currently composed of 10 task groups focusing on various aspects of ontologies and ontology services (ontology metadata, governance, ontology mappings, semantic service API interoperability,...).

Short Group Status: 

The group has 182 members, many of them participating via Task Groups organized in Slack channels. At least one Task Group has requested formation of a Working Group. Activity in each Task Group, as reflected by messages on each Slack channel, varies according to the needs and interests of the members of the channel; some channels are very low traffic for long periods. Nonetheless, the group’s membership continues to grow rapidly. 

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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