Semantic Sea Ice Interoperability Initiative

SSIII is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded effort to enhance the interoperability of sea ice data to establish a network of practitioners working to enhance semantic interoperability of all Arctic data. SSIII is a collaborative project between NSIDC and the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Tetherless World Constellation project. We seek to build on the work initiated under the International Polar Year (IPY) and create a community of practice working to improve interoperability within the Polar Information Commons (PIC), the Sustained Arctic Observing Network (SAON), and broader global systems.

We initially focus on the scientific understanding of sea ice, by developing a sea ice ontology. We will work initially from a scientific perspective, but over time, we will explore incorporating the knowledge and perspectives of Arctic residents. We collaborate closely with the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge in the Arctic (ELOKA) project.

We will be posting our initial use cases and concept maps leading to the creation of the ontology as they are developed and eagerly encourage feedback from Arctic scientists and data mangers. In the meantime, we are interested in learning about other Arctic vocabularies, ontologies, and semantic frameworks. If you are interested in being involved or want to learn more, please contact SSIII Project Lead Mark Parsons.

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