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

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24 Jan 2021
Meeting objectives: 

The meeting objectives of this work session are:

  • present the I-ADOPT Framework and implementations with examples

  • discuss different aspects of the Framework and ask for feedback  

  • connect with other activities related to observable properties

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative meeting notes (main session):

Collaborative meeting notes (repeat session)

  • Short introduction - Barbara Magagna (3')

  • The importance of semantic interoperability for eLTER RI - Johannes Peterseil (15’)   

  • Methodology - Maria Stoica/Anusuriya Devaraju 10’

  • The I-ADOPT Framework - Barbara Magagna 10’

  • Explaining the I-ADOPT Framework using examples of Essential Climate and Essential Biodiversity Variables - Gwen Moncoiffe 15’

  • Discussion about the proposed framework moderated by Barbara Magagna and Gwen Moncoiffe (40')

Target Audience: 

Data managers, data scientists, informaticians, terminology developers, chairs from RDA WGs who previously expressed their interest in the outcome of I-ADOPT, 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 have been five 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 Second Working Group session at RDA 16 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 (done)

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

Task 3: Deriving use case requirements (done)

Task 4: Analysing of existing representation strategies -> D2: A review and synthesis report on the expressiveness of existing representation strategies (2021-03-31)

Task 5: Developing the Interoperability Framework -> D3: A report on the Interoperability Framework (2021-05-31)

Task 6: Developing design patterns for alignments.  -> D4: Guidelines on best practices on the implementation and use of the Interoperability Framework (2022-08-31)

Short Group Status: 

The officially endorsed I-ADOPT WG is making good progress on its work plan. It has completed the first 3 tasks and has compiled its first deliverable: the catalogue of terminologies for observable properties. Good progress has also been made on Task 4 since the RDA 16 plenary and first examples for discussing possible approaches for the Interoperability Framework are being collected. We plan a virtual workshop (at least for 2 half days) in March 2021 to allow for more collaboration time to cooperatively develop the framework, we will present at the 17th RDA Plenary Meeting. Because of the impossibility to meet in person due to the COVID pandemic we have some delay in producing the deliverables. With the planned virtual workshop we hope to be able to catch up on the schedule again. 
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
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Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Meeting presenters: 
Barbara Magagna, Gwenaelle Moncoiffe, Maria Stoica, Anusuriya Devaraju, Alison Pamment, John Watkins