Knowledge Systems Laboratory
Abstract: Virtual Solar Terrestrial Observatories
We present the current state of development of ontologies for
solar-terrestrial physics motivated by the development of the
Virtual Solar-Terrestrial Observatory (VSTO - a distributed,
scalable education and research environment for searching, integrating, and
analyzing observational, experimental and model databases in
the fields of solar, solar-terrestrial and space physics).
Fully interdisciplinary solar-terrestrial science is limited by computer infrastructure and data availability and usability.
Individually, datasets in the component disciplines have
developed metadata schema that describe the syntax and, to a more limited degree, semantics. Some attempts have been
made to bridge disciplines with categorizations (or dictionaries) of terms, and some limited controlled vocabulary. However,
the level of completeness and detail is highly non-uniform and many redundant and contradictory terminology exists - all of
which presents a significant challenge to interoperability.
Thus our need is to develop a solar terrestrial ontology as a basis for building operational
data frameworks needed for VSTO.
We take a combined approach: upper-level - examining and filling in
the SWEET ontologies starting in the middle and upper Earth's
atmosphere, and extending through to the Sun, and lower-level -
transforming the CEDAR, CISM and MLSO data schema into ontologies.
We present the current state on both approaches and indicate
successes, challenges and near-future steps.
VSTO - http://vsto.hao.ucar.edu
SWEET - http://sweet.jpl.nasa.gov
CEDAR - http://cedarweb.hao.ucar.edu
CISM - http://www.bu.edu/cism
MLSO - http://mlso.hao.ucar.edu
Deborah L. McGuinness, Peter Fox, and Don Middleton.
Virtual Solar Terrestrial Observatories.
In Proceedings of the
National Meeting on Research Frontiers in Cyberinfrastructure for the Geosciences,
San Diego, California, May 5-6, 2005.
abstract for details.
Selected Papers of Deborah L. McGuinness.
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