What is going on in VSSIG?

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26 Feb 2022
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Meeting objectives: 

The main objective of this session is to present and discuss the ongoing activities of VSSIG i.e from the VSSIG Working Groups and Task groups. The session is structured around four main topics: I-ADOPT recommendations and future, Minimum metadata for Semantic Artefact, the FAIR Semantics WG and the future of the VSSIG.

I-ADOPT WG’s regular lifespan is now over. The first version of the I-ADOPT recommendations are under public review until the 3rd of March, 2022. The group will present the recommendations and then will welcome input and comments in the form of a group discussion about the recommendations and the future activities of the WG. Participant’s input is very important as RDA Recommendations produced by RDA Working Groups are the official, endorsed results of RDA and considered RDAs “Flagship” Outputs. So we invite the interested participants to contribute by discussing, and commenting on how possible it is to endorse them in your workflows and  organisations. 

Next, the minimum metadata Task Group will present the first version of the DCAT Application Profile and minimum metadata schema for FAIR Semantic artefacts developed in collaboration with the FAIRsFAIR project as well as the Proof of Concept “search engine” leveraging this minimum metadata schema. The goal is to gather inputs and comments in order to improve this first version and to discuss the future of this first attempt to align Semantic artefacts metadata with the interested participants. 

Finally, after gauging VSSIG member's interest in the creation of a new working group on FAIR semantic recommendations, the details of the group will be presented and discussed.  

The session will be closed by a short discussion about the next steps for the VSSIG group.

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1paBs8E3nfQBRHWGvEp4DKf4aKgf4fpAXhCVl...

  • General Introduction to the group (5 minutes) - Alexandra Kokkinaki


  • What is going on in VSSIG? (70 minutes)

    • I-ADOPT recommendations and future - Gwen Moncoiffé & Barbara Magagna (15 minutes + 15 minutes discussion)

    • Minimum metadata for semantic artefacts - Clement Jonquet & Yann Le Franc (15 minutes + 15 minutes discussion)

    • FAIR Semantics WG - Yann Le Franc (5 minutes + 5 minutes discussion)

  • Closing the Circle (10 minutes): Next steps for VSSIG - Alexandra Kokkinaki & Yann Le Franc


Target Audience: 

Experts and interested practitioners in

  • Vocabulary services

  • Operational semantic repositories

  • Metadata 

  • Information science

  • Ontology and Knowledge Engineering

  • Data service architectures


For this plenary, we are targeting members interested in contributing more actively to the activities of the Interest Group. As we will discuss the possibility of creating a new Working Group on the FAIR Semantics recommendations, we would encourage participants to read the latest version of the recommendations: https://zenodo.org/record/4314321.

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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 harmonise practices in the design and the publication of semantic artefacts (i.e. controlled vocabularies, thesauri, ontologies,...). The VSSIG is currently composed of 1 Working group and 3 Task Groups,  focusing on various aspects of ontologies and ontology services (FAIR semantics of repositories, ontology metadata, governance, ontology mappings, semantic service API interoperability, selecting terms and ontologies etc)

Short Group Status: 

The group was established six years ago and constitutes a forum for semantic researchers and experts, operational semantic repository managers, ontologists etc. to connect and discuss issues and possible solutions, and share knowledge and latest developments in the domain.

The group has 221 members, many of them participating via Task Groups organised in Slack channels and on the group’s wiki page. One Task Group to date has formed an RDA Working Group. Activity in each Task Group is organised in zoom calls or is reflected by messages on each Slack channel. The group’s membership continues to grow rapidly. 

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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Meeting presenters: 
Yann Le Franc, Alexandra Kokkinaki, Gwen Moncoiffé, Barbara Magagna, Clement Jonquet