Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa Canada - by Boyan Brodaric

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Boyan Brodaric

Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada, Ottawa Canada

Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Winslow Building, Room 1140
Colloquia: 1:30pm-2:30pm


If the recent evolution of e-Science can be characterized as data-driven, due to the emphasis placed on leveraging large data volumes, then the next frontier might be characterized as theory-driven, in which scientists develop, test, and store theories online. Scientific theory representation then looms as a central issue. Ontologies are a leading candidate to address this issue, but current approaches are ad-hoc in the absence of design patterns or guidelines for ontological representation of scientific theories, which leads to inconsistent and hard to re-use ontologies. This presentation will outline some elements of theory-driven e-Science, and discuss work-in-progress on ontology design for scientific theories generally, and geoscience theories specifically. Examples will be drawn primarily from the geosciences, and will illustrate steps towards theory-driven e-Science for the geosciences.


Boyan Brodaric is a research scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada with a focus on semantics, interoperability, and e-science, and with applications in the geosciences including hydrology, natural hazards, and geology. He received his PhD from Penn State University in Geographical Information Science, sits on the board of several journals and conferences, is involved in the development of international geospatial data standards, and leads the Canadian Groundwater Information Network, a national cyberinfrastructure for groundwater information.
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