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Award Abstract #1354693

EAGER: Collaborative Research: EarthCube Building Blocks, Leveraging Semantics and Linked Data for Geoscience Data Sharing and Dis covery

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Initial Amendment Date: August 12, 2013
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Latest Amendment Date: May 12, 2014
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Award Number: 1354693
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Award Instrument: Standard Grant
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Program Manager: Barbara L. Ransom
GEO Directorate For Geosciences
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Start Date: September 15, 2013
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End Date: August 31, 2015 (Estimated)
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Awarded Amount to Date: $74,984.00
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Investigator(s): Timothy Finin finin@umbc.edu (Principal Investigator)
Thomas Narock (Former Principal Investigator)
Timothy Finin (Former Co-Principal Investigator)
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Sponsor: University of Maryland Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250-0002 (410)455-3140
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NSF Program(s): EarthCube
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Program Reference Code(s): 7433, 7916, 0000, OTHR
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Program Element Code(s): 8074


This innovative project carries out exploratory research applying semantic technologies to support data representation, discovery, sharing, and integration between disparate geoscience data types and structures. It is a risky, high pay-off activity that, if successful, has the potential to transform our ability to discover, access, and use geoscience data in ways not possible at present. The goal of this research is to develop a prototype involving the data collections of some major NSF-funded Data Management Centers: IEDA and R2R at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University and BCO-DMO at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The effort is focused on making NSF-collected data for the ocean sciences and other associated datasets more easily and widely accessible and available to researchers and the public. Linked Open Data methodologies will be employed. Essential elements of this approach include the use of unique data identifiers to mark, link-to, and dereference specific data and details. Once the intial relationships are aligned, the new system can automatically infer new relationships between data and data locations. Goals will be to semantically integrate the data already available from the initially targeted data reposotiries in such a way that the approach can be scaled up to the whole of EarthCube, a new NSF initiative to develop a geoscience knowledge and data mangement system for the 21st Century. This project is a collaboration between ocean science resaerchers, computer scientists, and ocean data management centers from Maryland, Ohio, New York, and Massachusetts. Braoder impacts of the work include building infrastructure for science and improving public accessiblity to NSF-funded data collections.


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Adila Krisnadhi, Yingjie Hu, Krzysztof Janowicz, Pascal Hitzler, Robert Arko, Suzanne Carbotte, Cynthia Chandler, Michelle Cheatham, Douglas Fils, Tim Finin, Peng Ji, Matthew Jones, Nazifa Karima, Kerstin Lehnert, Audrey Mickle, Tom Narock, Margaret O'Bri. "The GeoLink Modular Oceanography Ontology," Proceedings of the 14th International Semantic Web Conference, 2015, p. 301. 

Tom Narock, Adila Krisnadhi, Pascal Hitzler, Michelle Cheatham, Robert Arko, Suzanne Carbotte, Adam Shepherd, Cynthia Chandler, Lisa Raymond, Peter Wiebe and Tim Finin. "The OceanLink Project," International Workshop on Challenges and Issues on Scholarly Big Data Discovery and Collaboration, IEEE BigData 2014, 2014. 


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