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Schema.org: Improving access to data through a standardized language

Date of Webinar: 
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Time: 
9 am Pacific / 10 am Mountain / 11am Central / 12 noon Eastern

Webinar Abstract

Finding data can be hard and a common solution to this problem has been to create search portals. However, finding these search portals is often challenging. DataONE partially addresses this problem by providing a unified search portal over its member repositories' holdings (many with their own search portals). But it remains a problem to find DataONE's search portal in the first place. Most people find information on the web using generic search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc., but these search engines aren't as good as specialized search portals at finding data. What if this wasn't the case? What if web search engines understood our data and helped us find it?

In this webinar, we will discuss an open, collaborative effort called Schema.org which can be used to make data available through the web search engines you already use and how DataONE is planning to integrate with this effort.

Biography: 
DWSAdam Shepherd
Adam Shepherd is the Technical Director for the Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO) located at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution where he was worked as a software developer since 2000. He serves as co-chair of the Vocabulary Services and Semantics Interest Group for the Research Data Alliance. Currently, his work focuses on data semantics for improved discovery and reuse.
DWSDoug Fils
Doug Fils joined the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) in the position of Data Management Technical Expert in December 2009. His work focuses on leveraging web architecture and semantics to address issues around findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable (FAIR) data. He is engaged with AGU ESSI, ESIP, RDA and W3C groups in areas related to this work.
DWSBryce Mecum
Bryce Mecum is a scientific software engineer with expertise in data analysis and programming and data management systems, including systems like R, GitHub, repository software, Python, and UNIX. He has a background in fisheries modeling and management, and builds software systems supporting environmental synthesis.