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Wednesday, July 22 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Visioning an operational-grade, digital knowledge commons for Earth and Environmental Science

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In this session, we will build a high-level vision for creating an consistent, operational-grade, digital knowledge commons for the Earth and environmental science community. This digitization is a key step in using data science to bring together data and information siloed behind disciplinary boundaries. We invite all to help us scope out what knowledge needs to be captured and how we should best organize and manage it, leveraging ESIP’s immense pool of expertise in planetary science and semantic technologies. We will nucleate discussions around successful knowledge representation initiatives in the biomedical and biological domain (such as the OBO Foundry) and strategies to merge these with the framework of ESIP’s continued development of SWEET.

Working Agenda:
- Welcome & Roll Call
Introduction of the knowledge-commons idea.
- We want to discuss what is a high-level vision of a knowledge-commons for the Earth and environmental science community and why we need one.
- Scope of disciplines covered and scope of functionality/content
- digital knowledge commons –suite of well documented and related, interoperating knowledge resourves such as ternontologies and ontologies that support a high-level vision of the Earth and Space Science knowledge such as Ocean, Cryo and Terrestrial domains.
-- Success Stories & Lessons Learned from managing Digital knowledge (e,g, OBO Foundry)

45 min session for comunity participants in 1 of 5 breakout rooms to discuss 3 topics:

1. What is in Scope of Semantic Resources and what’s is not?

2. What are the Guiding Principles

3. How do we organize and run a commons?


Desired Outcomes from this session:
Report back at the end of the seesion on community thoughts. These will be synthesized into a coherent report 1 week after the Summer meeting concludes.

We hope this will be a step in creating a federation of digital knowledge resources for the Earth and environmental science community, building on the SWEET framework, and elicit volunteers to help establish scope and sources of information for the commons.

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Takeaways
  • Semantic resources are becoming much, much more popular in ESIP - a charge to Semantic Tech and Harmonisation to help rally this energy
  • Governance structures to balance and integrate stakeholder constraints (open/closed/ etc)
  • Need for outreach: what is this semantic tech thing anyway and why should we care about it? How do we empower other people to do it?
    • Role of ambassadors and training sessions?
    • Develop the (nice parts) “managed ecosystem” idea as a framework of operations - organic, inclusive, robust, diverse
    • Some common tooling and development norms - easy interfaces to promote common usage, supporting diverse underlying tech - robustness to future challenges through diversity.
    • Documentation and training materials are key - if possible (Beijing declaration thinking), nothing should be opaque.
    • Some common tooling and development norms - easy interfaces to promote common usage, supporting diverse underlying tech - robustness to future challenges through diversity.
    • Documentation and training materials are key - if possible (Beijing declaration thinking), nothing should be opaque.

Speakers
avatar for Lewis J. McGibbney

Lewis J. McGibbney

Chair, ESIP Semantic Technologies Committee, NASA, JPL
My name is Lewis John McGibbney, I am currently a Data Scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California where I work in Computer Science and Data Intensive Applications. I enjoy floating up and down the tide of technologies @ The Apache Software Foundation having... Read More →
avatar for Pier Luigi Buttigieg

Pier Luigi Buttigieg

Digital Knowledge Steward / Senior Data Scientist, Helmholtz Metadata Collaboration / GEOMAR
I research and develop advanced, operational-grade, and internationally adopted knowledge representation (KR) technologies for ecology, planetary science, and Sustainable Development. I apply these solutions in mobilising and analysing complex and high-dimensional data sets, while... Read More →
avatar for Gary Berg-Cross

Gary Berg-Cross

Consultant
Cognitive Psychologist and long-time data and knowledge engineer. Board member of the Ontolog Forum. Activities including hosting VoCamps to develop modular ontologies and harmonize semantics between terminologies, conceptual models and ontologies.
JO

James Overton

Knocean Inc.


Wednesday July 22, 2020 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT
Room 2