SSIII Working Group: Polar Vocabulary Study

Study Approach

The aim is to examine existing vocabularies and markup language schemas for terms and relationships that can be reused for INAK.

SSIII Working Groups

Polar Vocabulary Study

members: Chris McNeave, Peter Fox,James McCusker
description: Inventory and examine existing vocabularies and markup language schemata for terms and relationships that can be appropriated for polar data of interest to SSIII
group page: Polar Vocabulary Study

SSIII Glossary

International Network of Arctic Knowledge - old project name
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Semantic Sea Ice Interoperability Initiative
Tetherless World Constellation

SSIII Project Partners

Project Participants

Principal Investigator:

Ruth Duerr
Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa
Mark Parsons

Co Investigator:

Peter Fox

Peter Fox is a Tetherless World Constellation Chair and Professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Computer Science and Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Fox directs the Insitution-wide interdisciplinary Information Technology and Web Science program. Previously, he was Chie [...]

Deborah L. McGuinness

Dr. Deborah McGuinness is a leading expert in knowledge representation and reasoning languages and systems and has worked in ontology creation and evolution environments for over 20 years. Most recently, Deborah is best known for her leadership role in semantic web research [...]


Shari Gearheard
Timy Gonzalez
Jamie McCusker

Jamie McCusker works on Biomedical Semantics. Her current interests are data and provenance interoperability in life sciences. She has worked as a software developer for 11 years in bioinformatics, high performance computing, data mining, natural language processing, and supply chain auditing. [...]

Walt Meier
Evan W. Patton

Evan Patton has worked with technology for most of his life in one form or another, and began more rigorous explorations during elementary school on an old Apple IIe computer. Since then, he has explored a variety of topics in computer science, including database systems, networking protocols, syste [...]

Peter Pulsifer

Semantic Sea Ice Interoperability Initiative

Research Areas: Data Science
Principal Investigator: Ruth Duerr, Mark Parsons, and Siri Jodha Singh Khalsa
Co Investigator: Peter Fox and Deborah L. McGuinness
Concepts: Ontology, Data Science, Linked Data
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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