Semantic eScience Meeting May 01, 2013

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Semantic eScience meeting 2013-05-01

General Meeting Information



  • Jin
  • Marshall
  • Han
  • Linyun
  • Yanning
  • Patrick
  • Massimo
  • Deborah

Past Action Items

Action Items

  • Marshall: send Patrick presentation given during meeting [DONE]
  • Patrick: ask Peter about the escience meeting schedule during summer time
  • Students: update status for the summer time:


  • Keep this list from week to week so we know who's presented and who will present
  • Stephan September 21, 2012 - Ontology documentation discussion
  • Yu Chen, October 5, 2012 - Continuous Flow Forcast in Southesk River: Where we are and how we proceed, semantically
  • Marshall X Ma, October 19, 2012 - Exploratory visualization of earth science data in a semantic web context
  • Eric Rozell, November 2, 2012 - Resource Discovery for Extreme Scale Collaboration
  • Massimo Di Stefano, November 16, 2012 - IPython Notebook (applied to the ECOOP use case)
  • Han Wang, November 30, 2012 - - Open Data Protocol: the current state, libraries, functionality
  • Jin Guang Zheng, February 20, 2013 - Semantic Similarity based Entity Mapping: GCIS Case: GCMD-CLEAN Mapping
  • Linyun Fu, March 6, 2013 - CMSPV and ELDA
  • Patrick West, March 20, 2013 - Adaptations and extensions of Drupal
  • Han Wang, April 03, 2013 - QUDT: Quantities, Units, Dimensions and Data Types in OWL and XML
  • Massimo Di Stefano, April 17, 2013 - Data and visualization integration via web based resources
  • Marshall X Ma, May 01, 2013 - A short story of geologic time ontologies and vocabularies


Marshall Presentation: A short story of geologic time ontology and vocabulary

  • ontologies are applied to improve geoscience related application
  • Geologic time and geologic time scale
  • International commission on stratigraphy: establish a standard time scale for global correlations
  • discuss various geological time ontologies
  • discuss various terms/concepts in geological time ontology
  • SISSvoc Vocabulary depolyment, sparql endpoints, documents, APIs, etc.
  • Demo: OneGeology Europe Map
  • Geologic time vocabulary mapping, goverance, and evaluation

Quesitons Page 25

  • discussion around if change concept, new concept. Change the description, same concept.
  • Patrick would like to see more information on this idea. In some cases, changing the description simply to fix errors, add references, etc... then yes, same concept. But if there's a fundamental change to the description/definition, then makes it a new concept.
  • Example of changing the description relates to when the descritpion/definition of Planet changed making Pluto not a planet.

Questions Page 28

Terms Page 30

  • ontology evolution
  • ontology mapping
  • ontology governance
  • ontology delivery
  • multilingual labels

Provenance of an Ontology, Page 29

  • Ontology comes from a conceptial schema, comes from thesaurus, comes from taxonomy, comes from glossary
  • Where is vocabulary in that spectrum? Patrick to ask Deborah. Glossary -> Taxonomy -> Thesaurus -> Conceptual schema -> Ontology. What's a vocabulary? Where does it fall in the spectrum? What is a Glossary? What is a Taxonomy? What is a Thesaurus? What is a Vocabulary? What is a Controlled Vocabulary? What is a Conceptual Schema? What is an Ontology?

In a lot of cases we have descriptions of an ontology (but not in a lot of cases). But what about a why? Why is the ontology being created? Why is it there?
Jim and Tim might be interested in creating requirements for TWC ontologies (labels, descriptions, IRI, creator, other terms that we want to require)

Yu: Sensor web workshop

  • This sensor web workshop is mainly for domain scientists. They also talked about the provenance of sensor data.
  • CUAHSI -
  • another tool: ??? Yu may add
  • Kepler for scientific workflow management -
  • Get to know how domain scientists do their works - quite different from the computer scientists
  • We can compare works at TWC to those tools

eScience and the Summer