Topic: Contributing to the USGS FAIR Roadmap
Discussions centered on persistent identifiers for metadata records and vocabularies that are consistent with the FAIR principles.
After a good discussion, the next step on persistent identifiers for metadata records will be to talk to Lisa Zolly about whether DataCite DOI's could be used.
After another good discussion, the first step for FAIR vocabularies would be persistent identifiers for keywords, which is related to encouraging or requiring keywords that are from online vocabularies, and will be a step toward interoperability of vocabularies through use of ontologies.
Topic: Semantic Web elements at 2019 CDI Workshop
The draft workshop agenda and descriptions of workshop sessions can be reached from the workshop confluence page.
In addition to sessions about FAIR and integrating data and models, we could also have a separate SWWG breakout during the collaboration areas time.
What should be our strategy for contributing to the workshop?
Notes from the meeting:
Discussion circled around, returning repeatedly to the 2019 Workshop, and also touching repeatedly on the importance of machine-readable FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data in USGS. Ken spoke about the breakout group he is co-leading at the workshop, which will include semantics in the context of predictive modelling, intersecting with artificial intelligence and machine learning. We came back repeatedly to the importance of semantics in artificial intelligence and machine learning, and how that is a higher standard than a human-readable version of FAIR. Peter and Alex from USmax expressed their interest in semantic technologies and being a leader in finding solutions for automated semantic reasoning. They have a different perspective on the importance of USGS producing data that is FAIR in the strict machine-readable sense.
Discussion settled for a while on the importance of standard data dictionaries for machine interoperability and re-use of USGS scientific data. First steps would be establishing a register of existing data dictionaries (NWIS WaterML) and participating in USGS scientific communities to let people know about appropriate existing data dictionaries. VOID (vocabulary of interconnected data) was a source and example that was mentioned.
Peter Kessler offered to be a point of contact for our group within USmax and mentioned some publications he will refer us to.
Topic: CDI FAIR in USGS Proposal and Workshop Ideas
Metadata Governance for
Catalogs, Glossaries, Dictionaries, and Data (register here)
Webinar from DATAVERSITY &
Robert S. Seiner of KIK Consulting & TDAN.com
Next Thursday, February 21 at 2 pm ET
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