VIVO at the 47th American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

Fri, 2014-12-12 12:59 -- carol

From Layne Johnson, VIVO Project Director

Winchester, MA  The American Geophysical Union (AGU), with greater than 62,000 members from more than 140 countries, advances the Earth and space sciences by catalyzing and supporting the efforts of individual scientist. AGU galvanizes a community of Earth and space scientists that collaboratively advances and communicates science and its power to ensure a sustainable future.

AGU will be holding its fall meeting next week, December 15-19 in San Francisco, CA. Nearly 24,000 attendees are expected to attend, making this the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.  With more than 1,700 sessions, the program offers a unique mix of more than 23,000 oral and poster presentations. 

Several members from the VIVO Community will be presenting their research, some of which demonstrates the central role of VIVO in their work.

• UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research)

Matthew Mayernik and colleagues will be co-convening a poster and oral session which is taking place on Wednesday December 17, and will cover the topic of "Semantic Web and Provenance: Distributed Earth Science Resources in the Data Life Cycle". The presentations and posters will focus on the use of semantic web! and provenance technologies to better represent Earth science phenomena and to facilitate the discovery and use of Earth science information and data resources. There are several members from the VIVO Community who will be part of this session, and their work is described below.

• The Tetherless World Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) 

A number of posters and oral presentations by Peter Fox, Patrick West, Stephan Zednik, Han Wang, Yu Chen, and others are among those persons on the roster of presenters from RPI. 

• Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO)

Han Wang, et al. will present a poster entitled “DCO-VIVO: A Collaborative Data Platform for the Deep Carbon Science Communities”. VIVO plays an integrative role in the DCO project because thousands of DCO scientists from institutions across the globe are involved with cross-community and cross-disciplinary collaboration, a distinctive features in DCO's flexible research framework. An excerpt from Han’s abstract describes how VIVO is being used in the DCO project:Han Wang, et al. will present a poster entitled “DCO-VIVO: A Collaborative Data Platform for the Deep Carbon Science Communities”. VIVO plays an integrative role in the DCO project because thousands of DCO scientists from institutions across the globe are involved with cross-community and cross-disciplinary collaboration, a distinctive features in DCO's flexible research framework. An excerpt from Han’s abstract describes how VIVO is being used in the DCO project:

“The DCO-VIVO solution expedites research collaboration between DCO scientists and communities. Based on DCO's specific requirements, the DCO Data Science team developed a series of extensions to the VIVO platform including extending the VIVO information model, extended query over the semantic information within VIVO, integration with other open source! collaborative environments and data management systems, using single sign-on, assigning of unique Handles to DCO objects, and publication and dataset ingesting extensions using existing publication systems. We present here the iterative development of these requirements that are now in daily use by the DCO community of scientists for research reporting, information sharing, and resource discovery in support of research activities and program management.”

• The Laboratory for Atmospheric an Space Physics (LASP)

Members of the VIVO Community at in Boulder, CO will also be at the AGU meeting. A poster describing LASP's work using VIVO to create a semantic database of metadata about LASP datasets will be presented. Anne Wilson, Michael Cox, Doug Lindholm, Irfan Nadiadi, and Tyler Traver and will describe LASP’s work and VIVO’s key role:

"The LASP extended metadata repository, LEMR, is a database of information about the datasets served by LASP. The database is populated with information garnered via web forms and automated processes. This information can be pulled dynamically for many purposes. Web sites such as LISIRD can include this information in web page content as it is rendered to ensure that users get current, accurate information. It can also be pulled to create metadata records in various metadata formats.

The LEMR database has been implemented as a RDF triplestore, coupled with SPARQL over HTTP read access to enable semantic queries over the repository contents. To create the repository, the LASP team leveraged VIVO to manage and create new ontologies.. A variety of ontologies were used in creating the triplestore, including ontologies that come with VIVO, such as FOAF. Also, the W3C DCAT ontology! was integrated and extended to describe properties! of data products that need to be captured, such as spectral range. The LASP presentation will describe the architecture, ontology issues, and tools used to create LEMR and plans for its evolution." 

Interested in following AGU Fall 2014 happenings? Here’s the hashtag: #AGU14

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