Practical implementations of the I-ADOPT framework and future directions

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31 Oct 2022
Meeting objectives: 

1- Report on progress with real case implementation of the I-ADOPT framework in operational Research Infrastructures and identify opportunities for future development;

2- Discuss issues faced and invite comments and feedback on the framework and its application;

3- Explore connections/synergies with other semantic / linked data activities.

Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative session notes:


1- Barbara Magagna: Introduction to the meeting objectives and the I-ADOPT framework (5’)

2- Lightning talks on real case implementations (30’): 3-slides max (4 min each) presenting a) the use case(s)  addressed; b) what worked well; c) what did not work so well

Current suggestions:

  • Gwen Moncoiffé (NOC-BODC, UK): Implementation in the NERC Vocabulary Server

  • Alison Pamment (STFC, UK): Implementation with the CF Standard Names

  • Veronique Chaffard (IRD, France): Implementation with the Theia/OZCAR thesaurus

  • Barbara Magagna (GO-FAIR foundation): Implementation of eLTER Standard Observations in EnvThes

  • Robert H (PANGAEA, Germany): Implementation in PANGAEA Terminology Server

  • Stuart Chalk (University of North Florida, US): I-Adopt Implemented in the SciData Framework

  • Natalia Queiroz de Oliveira (University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): Use of Measurement Ontology Pattern Language (M-OPL) in the ontology of the I-ADOPT framework

3- Future directions: discussion on gaps, integration with other activities, challenges at the interfaces, priorities (55’)

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.

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Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

I-ADOPT Working Group was set up to address the lack of a common framework to enable interoperability between diverse terminologies used to represent observable properties/ variables and to provide the necessary level of detail needed for seamless data discovery and integration. In the course of its 18-month workplan, it developed the I-ADOPT Interoperability Framework. The framework is a set of guidelines based on a simple non-domain specific ontology that supports the decomposition of complex observable properties into their essential atomic parts represented through the concepts in FAIR terminologies. The I-ADOPT Interoperability Framework is a substantial contribution to enabling the interoperability of terminologies, within and across domains without sacrificing any prior efforts. It serves as a common layer of abstraction through which concepts from different terminologies can be systematically aligned and extended, as needed. On-going activities are focusing on implemeneting the framework in operational systems in as many diverse infrastructures and disciplines as possible, addressing some of the use cases identified early in the project, and testing the framework in real-life scenarios.

Short Group Status: 

The group was officially launched in 2019 and completed its 18-month workplan last year. Its final recommendations were published in May 2022. It remains active and is now in maintenance mode. 

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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Meeting presenters: 
Natalia Queiroz de Oliveira, Stuart Chalk, Veronique Chaffard, Alison Pamment, Gwenaelle Moncoiffe, Barbara Magagna, Robert Huber