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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.

Identity

Construction

Data Model

Publication

Services


Steps toward interoperability

  1. Use URIs
  2. Use URIs well (consistency, persistence, articulated management & maintenance policies etc.)
  3. Be clear about what a URI identifies
    • Concepts? Classes? Something else?
  4. Publish RDF descriptions of the things you are identifying
  5. Use ‘well-established’ RDF vocabularies as far as possible, extend as appropriate
  6. make commitments to maintaining RDF descriptions, and publish maintenance policies and procedures
    • establish a semantic web of terminological / conceptual / ontological data relating to the environment
  • Services?
    • With a web of data in place, the role of services becomes extremely clear: to provide efficient, convenient, programmatic Interaction with subsets of that web of data.
    • Build a service-oriented architecture on top of a web of data
  • Steps to achieving this:
  1. Analyse and publish functional requirements for service types (I.e. what do I want a service to do?)
  2. Study functional requirements within this community, identify and publish sets of common requirements (basis for standardisation work)
  3. Take a look at SPARQL services & protocol (v. cheap)
    • N.B. true standardisation of a service interface requires a (lightweight, informal, open) community-driven process for developing a web-service specification and building consensus