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George Bernard Shaw, 1936. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
George Bernard Shaw, 1936. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons ©

12 December 2012

The quote "Two nations separated by a common language", attributed to George Bernard Shaw, has often been used to describe the relationship between the UK and the USA. On Friday 7th December 2012, however, at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco, it appears that, in the words of Bob Dylan, "the times they are a-changin".

Adam Leadbetter attended the meeting and presented a poster on BODC's web services for the NERC Vocabulary Server version 2.0 (NVS2.0) in the session "Semantics and Cyberinfrastructures for Next Generation Science".

The NVS2.0, developed by BODC over recent years with funding from NERC and the EU NETMAR project, provides access to controlled vocabularies and is used by the wider environmental science community. Within NETMAR, NVS2.0 has been used for

  • semantic validation of inputs to chained Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Processing Services
  • smart discovery of data and services
  • support for multiple human languages
  • integration of data from distributed nodes of the International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN)

Since its deployment, NVS2.0 has been adopted within the European SeaDataNet community’s software products.

Crossing the Atlantic

Meanwhile, at the meeting in the "Linked Data for Earth and Space Science" session there were three posters, presented by colleagues from the United States, showing their use of the BODC NVS2.0 web services.

  • Adam Shepherd and Elizabeth Coburn from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution demonstrated both a Drupal-based website that allows mappings to terms in our vocabularies and a shipboard event logging system, which uses those same vocabularies
  • Robert Arko (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) showed how the Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) project links data from US university research vessels to other repositories using concepts from the NERC Vocabulary Server

Poster references

The NERC Vocabulary Server: Version 2.0. Adam Leadbetter and Roy Lowry.

Maintaining Scientific Community Vocabularies in Drupal through Consumption of Linked Open Data and Web Services. Adam Shepherd et al.

Controlled Vocabularies and Ontologies for Oceanographic Data: The R2R Eventlogger Project. Elizabeth Coburn et al.

Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R): Linking and Integrating Data for Oceanographic Research (Invited). Robert Arko et al.

All presented at:
American Geophysical Union
San Francisco, United States. 03 - 07 December 2012