IC_11 Semantic Linking Framework

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Short description[edit]

A linking semantic framework will be established based on the RM ontology of ENVRI which allows for structural and semantic harmonization between the resources of RIs, involved in ENVRIPlus


Background Contact Person Organization Contact email
_ICT e-Infrastructure]_
(Use Case Proposor)
Barbara Magagna Umweltbundesamt GmbH Barbara.magagna@umweltbundesamt.at
_ICT e-Infrastructure]_
(Agile Group Leader)
Zhiming Zhao
Paul Martin
University of Amsterdam z.zhao@uva.nl

Use case type[edit]

Implementation case

Scientific domain and communities[edit]

Scientific domain

[Atmosphere | Biosphere | hydrosphere | geosphere]


Data Curation | Data Publication | Data Service Provision Please check


Semantic Harmonisation, data discovery and access


Semantic Mediator, Service Provider

Detailed description[edit]

Objective and Impact

Linking Framework consisting of structures and semantics established across RIs
Precondition to allow reuse of data and metadata across domains, thus raising the value of expensive data.


(1) Establishment of the guidance for the work
(2) Identification of basic elements of the semantic framework
(3) Identification of the existing and needed conceptual models
(4) Work with different formal languages to express conceptual models (UML, OWL, CERIF, )
(5) Harmonization of existing conceptual models
(6) Creating harmonized semantic framework

Detailed scenarios

The benefit of semantic linking of different information resources (metadata and data) will be shown on specific examples

  1. merging / harmonising existing vocabularies for metadating across selected RIs (e.g. LTER Europe / ICOS / Interact)
  2. merging models of research site description using semantic technologies (e.g. OWL, etc.) across selected RIs as a showcase for semantic integration (as is a contribution to a harmonised discovery of research/observation sites across the RIs)Technical status and requirements

Implementation plan and timetable

1)Timeline: tbd

(1) Collection of existing semantic resources and conceptual models
(2) Collection of needed conceptual elements
(3) Identify needed conceptual harmonization
(4) Identify existing usable conceptual models
(5) Identify technologies and good practices within ENVRI+ and outside which should be used
(6) Carry out conceptual harmonization (link concepts)
(7) Embed conceptual model in existing linked vocabularies (e.g. LOV, bioPortal, ….)
(8) Define needed adaptions within existing services (Data services, metadata services, data presentations)
(9) Carry out show cases of existing RIs (e.g. ANAEE-F , LTER, INTERACT, …)

4)Links to work packages/tasks: 5.3, 8.2, 8.3
5)Allocation of resources: tbd

Expected output and evaluation of output

Reuse of data through discovery of data following the structure of the linking framework (start the search at e.g. "sites" or e.g. "parameters" or e.g. "methods" etc and follow the links to the according data)

External Links[edit]

  1. IC_11 notebook: {+}https://envriplus.manageprojects.com/projects/wp9-service-validation-and-deployment-1/notebooks/635+