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

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06 Aug 2021
Meeting objectives: 

The meeting objectives of this work session are to:

  • Conclude the I-ADOPT work plan by presenting the I-ADOPT interoperability Framework ontology and recommendations

  • Present adoption use cases

  • Highlight connections with other activities related to observable properties

  • Gain feedback on the WG's outcomes and discuss the next steps for I-ADOPT

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes:


  • The I-ADOPT WG - aims and outputs (8') presented by Gwen Moncoiffe

  • The I-ADOPT Interoperability Framework ontology (10') presented by Barbara Magagna

  • The I-ADOPT Catalogue of Terminologies (10') presented by Sirko Schindler

  • I-ADOPT recommendations (8') presented by Barbara Magagna

  • Adoption use cases

    • Use case 1 (8’) Climate and Forecast Standard Names, SeaDataNet and the NERC Vocabulary Server presented by Gwen Moncoiffe and/or Alison Pamment

    • Use case 2 (8’) eLTER Standard Observations presented by Barbara Magagna

    • Use case 3 (8’) PANGAEA presenetd by Robert Huber and/or Anu Devaraju

  • Discussion / Feedback on IF and the use cases (15’)

  • Connections with other initiatives: on-going activities and future plans (interactive survey/consultation) (10’)

  • Wrap up (5’)

Target Audience: 

Data managers, data scientists, informaticians, terminology developers, or anyone seeking to increase the interoperability of their terminologies or of their data. Our focus has been environmental sciences but we are interested in cross-domain applications and 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 before that with fortnightly teleconferences. There have been six 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 Third Working Group session at RDA 17 Virtual Plenary Meeting.

The I-ADOPT WG ultimate goal is 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 

Task 1: Collect user stories

Task 2: Collect terminologies  -> Deliverable 1: A catalogue with observable property semantic resources

Task 3: Derive use case requirements

Task 4: Analyse existing representation strategies -> Deliverable 2: A review and synthesis report on the expressiveness of existing representation strategies (2021-03-31)

Task 5: Develop the Interoperability Framework -> Deliverable 3: A report on the Interoperability Framework (2021-05-31)

Task 6: Develop design patterns for alignments.  -> Deliverable 4: Guidelines on best practices on the implementation and use of the Interoperability Framework (2021-08-31)

Short Group Status: 

The I-ADOPT WG is in the closing stages of its 18-month work plan. In June 2021 it released the first version of its interoperability as an ontology. More information about the interoperability framework can also be obtained from the WG’s wiki page, including links to examples and to a short paper discussing its application in the biodiversity domain. In the couple of months that will precede RDA Plenary 18, the WG will compile its final recommendations and the final versions of its 4 deliverables, including the catalogue of terminologies for observable properties, a review of existing representation strategies, a description of the interoperability framework and its ontology, and guidelines on implementing the framework, including best practices and design patterns. 

The group has been holding meetings twice a month to accommodate different time zones. These have been well attended by a regular set of core members. In addition, the group maintains Github repositories to collect community input via open issues and to share information. Members of the core group are also regularly involved in presenting or invited to present progress and results at meetings, conferences and webinars, and this is generating a lot of interest in the I-ADOPT WG activities. In March 2021, two dedicated virtual workshops were also organised in order to invite a broader community of I-ADOPT members and collaborators to help make crucial progress on the development of the interoperability framework. These were well attended and they provided important feedback on a preliminary version of the framework and its connections with other ontologies.

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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Meeting presenters: 
Barbara Magagna, Gwenaelle Moncoiffe, Sirko Schindler, Robert Huber,