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Semantics and Linked Data for the Geosciences

A growing collection of standard protocols, formats, and vocabularies, often characterized as the Semantic Web ("Web of Data"), offers a powerful approach for publishing research data online.  The GeoLink project brings together experts from the geosciences, computer science, and library science in an effort to develop Semantic Web components that support discovery and reuse of data and knowledge.  GeoLink's participating repositories include content from field expeditions, laboratory analyses, journal publications, conference presentations, theses/reports, and funding awards that span scientific studies from marine geology to marine ecosystems to paleoclimate.

GeoLink's outcomes will include a set of reusable ontology design patterns (ODPs) that describe core geoscience concepts, a network of Linked Data published by participating repositories using those ODPs, and tools to facilitate discovery of related content in multiple repositories.  Our work is aligned with other EarthCube efforts including EarthCollab, CINERGI, and the Council of Data Facilities.

Leadership team:
        Robert Arko (Lead), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
        Suzanne Carbotte, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
        Cynthia Chandler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
        Michelle Cheatham, Wright State University
        Douglas Fils, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
        Timothy Finin, University of Maryland Baltimore County
        Pascal Hitzler, Wright State University
        Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California Santa Barbara
        Matthew Jones, University of California Santa Barbara
        Kerstin Lehnert, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
        Thomas Narock, Marymount University
        Lisa Raymond, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
        Mark Schildhauer, University of California Santa Barbara
        Peter Wiebe, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Participating repositories:


Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO)

Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)
Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (IEDA)
International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)
Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network

Marine Biological Laboratory/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MBLWHOI) Library


Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) Program


Additional collaborators:
        CLIVAR and Carbon Hydrographic Data Office (CCHDO)
        Index to Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples (IMLGS)
        U.S. Geological Survey - National Geochemical Database (NGDB)
        Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP)

Note: GeoLink builds on results from the previous OceanLink EAGER project.