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Action Points for the Following Year

The following points are based on a presentation by Alistair Miles at the 2005 Berlin Ecoinformatics meeting.



Data Model



  • Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)
    • Important software engineering paradigm
  • Web services
    • WSDL, SOAP (W3C)
  • Web service interface to conceptual/terminological resource …

Lots of individual projects (EOS, UNEP.Net …)

  • Standardisation initiatives …
    • Some recent work on implementing the SKOS API …
    • … but still plenty of issues.
    • OMG lexicon query service?
    • HL7 Common Terminology Services (CTS)
    • ANSI terminology services API?
    • XMDR?
    • Other attempts to build consensus?
  • N.B.
    • SOA & WS architecture for distributing programmatic components
    • Semantic Web machinery architecture for distributing data
    • Complementary
      • E.g. a service that provides efficient programmatic access to an aggregation of data harvested from multiple published sources