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FAIR’er data through Semantics in NSF’s DataONE and Arctic Data Center

Date of Webinar: 
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Time: 
9 am Pacific / 10 am Mountain / 11am Central / 12 noon Eastern

Webinar Abstract

There is much excitement about the memetically powerful acronym "FAIR", that frames some principles for better management and stewardship of Scientific Data: that these be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable (Wilkinson et al. 2016; doi: 10.1038/sdata.2016.18).

In this webinar we will discuss how DataONE (search.dataone.org), the Arctic Data Center (arcticdata.io) and Environmental Data Initiative (environmentaldatainitiative.org) research data repositories are extending their Metadata services to enhance the "FAIR"ness of their contents, by adopting 1) controlled vocabularies or Ontologies; 2) the RDF/RDFS data model and schema; and 3) persistent dereferenceable globally unique Identifiers, PIRI's - three essential Semantic Web technologies for realizing the vision of a more transparent and integrated scientific data commons, that were endorsed by the authors of the FAIR guidelines (if you read the paper carefully!).

Biography: 
DWS Mark Schildhauer was the Director of Computing at NCEAS from its opening in 1995 until 2017, when he "semi-retired" to focus on research. His technology research interests are primarily in the areas of informatics, the semantic web, scientific workflows, data semantics, computer-supported collaborative research, and Open Science, all in the context of facilitating integrative environmental and conservation science. Schildhauer's academic training (PhD) was in marine, population, and behavioral ecology.
DWS Margaret O'Brien is currently the information manager for the Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Ecological Research project (SBC LTER). She coordinates and implements most aspects of data exchange and publication within and outside the group. This includes managing user accounts and services, designing databases, websites and applications; and working with scientists and their staff to plan and publish data products. Margaret collaborates with the Ecoinformatcs Program at UCSB, and with the Moorea Coral Reef LTER on projects related to data integration and use. Prior to working with LTER, Margaret worked with the Bermuda Bio-Optics project at the Earth Research Institute, UCSB.
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