GeoLink is one of the building block projects within EarthCube, a major effort of the National Science Foundation to establish a next-generation knowledge infrastructure for geosciences. As part of this effort, GeoLink aims to improve data retrieval, reuse, and integration of seven geoscience data repositories through the use of ontologies. In this paper, we report on the GeoLink modular ontology, which consists of an interlinked collection of ontology design patterns engineered as the result of a collaborative modeling effort. We explain our design choices, present selected modeling details, and discuss how data integration can be achieved using the patterns while respecting the existing heterogeneity within the participating repositories.
Krisnadhi, Adila, 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. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-25010-6_19This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1354693, 1440221. Opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of the NSF.