Experiences of a “semantics smackdown”
Leadbetter, Adam M.
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Leadbetter, Adam M. Shepherd, Adam; Arko, Robert; Chandler, Cynthia; Chen, Yanning; Dockery, Nkemdirim; Ferreira, Renata; Fu, Linyun; Thomas, Robert; West, Patrick; Zednik, Stephan (2016). Experiences of a “semantics smackdown”. Earth Science Informatics 9 (3), 355-363
Within the field of ocean science there is a long history of using controlled vocabularies and other Semantic Web techniques to provide a common and easily exchanged description of datasets. As an activity within the European Union, United States, Australian-funded project &quot;Ocean Data Interoperability Platform&quot;, a workshop took place in June 2014 at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute to further the use of these Semantic Web techniques with the aim of producing a set Linked Data publication patterns which describe many parts of a marine science dataset. During the workshop, a Semantic Web development methodology was followed which promoted the use of a team with mixed skills (computer, data and marine science experts) to rapidly prototype a model ontology which could be iterated in the future. In this paper we outline the methodology employed in the workshop, and examine both the technical and sociological outcomes of a workshop of this kind.