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1 1 Ecoinformatics International Technical Collaboration Technical Projects Workgroup Update October 5, 2009 Bruce Bargmeyer Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Tel:

2 2 Topics F Introduction F Current Activities u Uses of terminology and Ontology

3 Ecoinformatics Cooperation Background F Initiated about 1994 u Leverage resources of agencies with major health and environmental programs in their missions n EEA (and DG Environment, Research, Information Society) n US Government--EPA, USGS, NSF, DOD, … n Intergovernmental organizations (IGOs)--UNEP n Scientific research organizationsLBNL, JRC u Cooperate on standards and technology development, demonstration, deployment. u EPA and EEA play leadership role u Evolving name: Initiated the use of term ecoinformatics for the participants: Interagency/International Cooperation on Ecoinformatics, Ecoinformatics International Technical Collaboration (EITC) F Ecoterm group was created under umbrella of this group

4 Ecoinformatics International Technical Collaboration Purpose F The following are major purposes for the projects and activities of the EITC u Share experiences and results u Establish and foster an ecoinformatics marketplace and the pillars that will support it: common vision, standards, sharable designs and practices. u Cooperate on emerging technologies u Cooperate on key elements for interoperability u Cooperate on developing and deploying interagency/international environmental information systems u Share the costs and benefits of key elements for interoperation u Demonstrate results u Publicity F Two levels: Principals (top-level government) and technical-level workgroups u Primary organizers William Sonntag (EPA) David Stanners (EEA)

5 Ecoinformatics Activities & Research Two kinds of activities: F Advances/activities as part of current operations with internal agency resources u Ecoinformatics result: primarily technology transfer by sharing ideas. F Activities requiring additional resources (contracts, research grants, …) u Ecoinformatics result: technology transfer of ideas, research results, and tools/infrastructure. 5

6 Coordinate R&D in Ecoinformatics F Share cost and benefits through coordination of US & EU (& Asia?) ecoinformatics R&D F Identify key advances needed at the core of ecoinformatics u Semantics management, semantics services, semantic computing u Terminology web services u IT support for indicators, u … u Demonstrate in ecoinformatics Test Bed u Develop an architecture of advanced ecoinformatics technologies? F Research, Development and Demonstration projects ranging from improvements in operations to strategic breakthroughs 6

7 Ecoinformatics Technologies F Identify existing and emerging technologies useful for ecoinformatics, e.g., u Environmental data grids and computer grids u Semantic Web u Metadata registries u XML registries and XML data exchange u Terminology systems u Ontology u Address earlier stages of technology adoption n Stages of adoption are, e.g.: examine technology that is interesting, determine that technology is potentially useful, develop a prototype, implement a pilot, develop for broad deployment, deploy, operate as mature technology u Share costs and increase benefits of early stages

8 Ecoterm I F Nee:1 st Environmental Terminology Meeting F April 2004 in Geneva F Hosted by UNEP with programming support by EPA, EEA, JRC and USGS F > 30 participants F Participants included terminology developers, IT professionals, and those interested in multilingual issues from governments, intergovernmental organizations (especially UN agencies), scientific institutions, corporations and vendors F This is the fifth meeting of the Ecoterm group. USGS support has done much to advance this group 8

9 Ecoinformatics Collaboration Current Activities F Ecoterm activities (as updated at this meeting) F EPA, EEA, UNEP collaboration with Microsoft u EEA – Microsoft Partnership Agreement n Eye on Earth u UNEP – Microsoft MOU u EPA, LBNL, Berkeley Water Center, Microsoft Research – R&D collaboration n SciScope 9

10 Ecoinformatics Collaboration Current Activities F Global Standards Array for Interoperability u Initiated at the March 2009 EITC meeting in Copenhagen u Challenge is to develop an interoperability solution for global environmental assessment, reporting and observations networks n Using the talent and expertise of the EITC as the forum and primary resource. u EITC discussions resulted in an understanding that an array of global standards for the environmental information domain would do the most to further interoperability. u This recommended array would be based on the best of current standards and approaches now adopted by the Ecoinformatics partners and standards currently in use by national, regional, global networks, communities of practice of portions of the environmental information domain and consensus processes like GEO. u Draft scoping document under preparation u Participants agreed to provide their initial thoughts on the starting list of standards that they believe would be potential constituent parts in the potential standards array. u Next Telecon October 7,

11 Ecoinformatics Collaboration Current Activities F GEMET - GEneral Multilingual Environmental Thesaurus u Developed as an indexing, retrieval and control tool. u The basic idea for the development of GEMET was to use the best of the available multilingual thesauri. GEMET was conceived as a general thesaurus, aimed to define a common general language, a core of general terminology for the environment. u Use widened to include INSPIRE and other new applications u Discussion beginning about how to extend GEMET u Update tomorrow from Stefan Jensen 11

12 Ecoinformatics Collaboration Current Activities F Cooperation with Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and GEOSS u ESIP Water Cluster Activities u EPA Office of Water - Water Quality Exchange (WQX) u CAUHSI Activities – Water ontology development related to Hydroseek (Bora Beran) and potentially SciScope u Potential for use of EPA OEI Substance Registry System (SRS) chemicals and other terminology related to water u GEOSS Related activities (in consultation with EPA/EEA/NASA/NOAA) F Metadata registry and ontology standards u ISO/IEC and families of standards 12

13 Current Activities F Water Information System for Europe, Shared Environmental Information System F SPIRE - Semantic Eco-blogging; Aquatic Invasive Prediction, linked data F USGS initiatives, NBII Metadata Catalog, Gap Analysis F EPA terminology and registry advancements u Office of Research and Development + Office of Environmental Information F Ecoinformatics Implementing Arrangement under US – EU Science and Technology Agreement- coordinated research F Co-operation and coordination with GMES, GEOSS, GEO - strengthening data integration and data exchange F Work with EEA and EPA to explore possible interaction with National Cancer Institute relating to caBIG approaches to interoperability of dispersed data. 13

14 Concept Term Ontology Employee Model 14 Modeling, Ontology, Terminology Terminology person Employee Source: Hajime Horiuchi, Tokyo International University

15 Areas of Interoperability F There are four areas of compatibilityan application must meet the guidelines in all four areas to be considered "caBIG Compatible: Syntactic Interoperability 1. Programming and Messaging Interfaces Semantic Interoperability 2. Information Models 3. Common Data Elements 4. Vocabularies and Ontologies Vocabularies Information Models APIs CDEs caBIG: NCI cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid

16 Semantics for Data Management & Semantics Services – ISO/IEC (E3) Object Class Chemopreventive Agent Property NSCNumber Conceptual Domain Agent Data Element Concept Chemopreventive Agent NSC Number Data Element Chemopreventive Agent Name Value Domain NSC Code Context caCORE Representation Code Classification Schemes caDSRTraining Valid Values Cyclooxygenase Inhibitor Doxercalciferol Eflornithine … Ursodiol Source: Denise Warzel, National Cancer Institute Enterprise Vocabulary Services (EVS) Concepts Unite NCI MDR

17 17 Ontologies for Role, Goal, Process, Service (ISO/IEC 19763) G S Service Composite ServiceAtomic Service realizes Goal Nonfunctional GoalFunctional Goal Role Goal Personal Goal Process Composite ProcessAtomic Process P achievescontributes preferstakesCharge R RoleOrganization Actor plays consistsOf Entity Ontology Operation Ontology Context Ontology Object hasObject Input hasInput Output hasOutput Message hasMessage Semantic Annotation Operation hasOperation Dynamic ContextProfile Contextual Depend Contextual Expectation Contextual Property Domain Ontologies Functional Goal: Sort Order

18 Acknowledgements F Thanks to: u Yangfan HE, Wuhan University u Gail Hodge, IIA/USGS u Harold Solbrig, Mayo Clinic u Denise Warzel, NCI This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation, under Grant No , by USEPA, and by NCI. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation, NCI, or USEPA. 18

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