Second working session of InteroperAble Descriptions of Observable Property Terminology (I-ADOPT) WG

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04 Aug 2020
Meeting objectives: 

The meeting objectives of this work session are:

  • present the progress on the I-ADOPT work plan with outcomes of Tasks 3 and 4

  • discuss the outline of the Interoperability Framework

  • connect with other activities related to observable properties

Meeting agenda: 


 Collaborative Notes Link:


  • Short introduction to I-ADOPT activities in the context of other initiatives related to observable properties - Pier Luigi Buttigieg (15’)   

  • Outcome of Task 3: Derive use case requirements - Alison Pamment (10’)

  • Presentation of Deliverable 1: Catalog of domain-specific terminologies in use in environmental research. - Gwenaelle Moncoiffe (10’)

  • Outcome of Task 4: Analyse semantic representation of Observable Properties against requirements - Maria Stoica 10’

  • Discussion introduced by Barbara Magagna and moderated by Barbara Magagna, Maria Stoica, Gwen Moncoiffe (40')

    • Towards an Interoperability Framework for Observable Property Descriptions: identification of common elements and gaps (25 min)

      • Can you help collect challenging complex property examples?

      • Do you want to join the framework development team?

      • Do you want to test the framework with your own data?

Target Audience: 

Data managers, data scientists, informaticians, terminology developers, or anyone seeking to increase the interoperability of their terminologies or of their data. Our current focus is environmental sciences but we are also interested in cross-domain collaborations. 

Group chair serving as contact person: 
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

The group was officially launched in October 2019, having been active as an informal group for more than 2 years with fortnightly teleconferences. There has been four formal meetings at RDA plenaries so far: 

  • an informal meeting at the RDA 11 Plenary Meeting in Berlin

  • the BoF session at the RDA 13 Plenary Meeting in Philadelphia 

  • the Kickoff-Meeting at the RDA 14 Plenary Meeting in Helsinki

  • The First Working Group session at RDA 15 Virtual Plenary Meeting.

The I-ADOPT WG aims to produce an Interoperability Framework, co-developed by a wide community of terminology experts and users, for representing observable properties with a strong initial focus on environmental research.

In its case statement, the group identified 6 tasks to be delivered over the period November-2019 to April-2022

Task 1: Collecting user stories

Task 2: Collecting terminologies  -> D1: A catalogue with observable property semantic resources

Task 3: Deriving use case requirements

Task 4: Analysing of existing representation strategies -> D2: A review and synthesis report on the expressiveness of existing representation strategies (2020-12-31)

Task 5: Developing the Interoperability Framework -> D3: A report on the Interoperability Framework (2021-01-31)

Task 6: Developing design patterns for alignments.  -> D4: Guidelines on best practices on the implementation and use of the Interoperability Framework (2022-04-30)

Short Group Status: 

The officially endorsed I-ADOPT WG is making good progress on its work plan. It has completed the first 2 tasks and is in the course of compiling its first deliverable: the catalogue of terminologies for observable properties. Good progress has also been made on Task 3 since the RDA 15 plenary. Its modus operandi is documented on the WG wiki.  The group uses regular twice-monthly meetings and Github repositories to drive progress and share information which is documented in (see user-stories issues, use cases analysis and requirements)

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 
Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Meeting presenters: 
Barbara Magagna, Gwenaelle Moncoiffe, Maria Stoica, Sirko Schindler, Simon Cox, and others tbd