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For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth science data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth science data more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the public. The theme of this year’s meeting is "Data for All People: From Generation to Use and Understanding."

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Friday, January 21 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
Wikidata: A knowledge graph for the earth sciences?

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Wikidata has become a central hub for life science related knowledge and data that conforms to the FAIR principles of findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability as outlined in the influential “Science Forum: Wikidata as a knowledge graph for the life sciences(https://elifesciences.org/articles/52614).” Using this work on the life sciences topic as a model, how can the earth sciences leverage this large, multinational, accessible, sustainable community resource to improve science and applications related to earth science data? One example comes from Environment Canada which has imported metadata from 8,754 Meteorological Service of Canada stations into wikidata which is now queryable from the wikidata query service SPARQL endpoint (https://w.wiki/4LTi). Given that Wikidata represents a diverse, international data community whose work is built on semantic principles, it has the potential to enhance earth science data access for all people and provides inherent formal semantics, provenance and quality refinement mechanisms that enhance data usability, reliability and understanding.

Recommended ways to prepare for this session: Reading Science Forum: Wikidata as a knowledge graph for the life sciences(https://elifesciences.org/articles/52614) may be beneficial to understand how the life sciences have utilized wikidata.

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Gary Berg-Cross

Ontolog Board Member, Ontolog
Cognitive Psychologist and long-time data and knowledge engineer. Board member of the Ontolog Forum. Activities including hosting VoCamps to develop modular ontologies and harmonize semantics between terminologies, conceptual models and ontologies.
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Chuck Vardeman

Research Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame

Jane Wyngaard

University of Notre Dame

Friday January 21, 2022 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
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