Using Linked Open Data and Semantic Integration to Search Across Geoscience Repositories

Friday, 19 December 2014
Lisa M Raymond1, Adam Shepherd1, Robert A Arko2, Suzanne M Carbotte3, Cynthia L Chandler4, Michelle Cheatham5, Douglas Fils6, Pascal Hitzler5, Krzysztof Janowicz7, Matt Jones7, Adila Krisnadhi5, Kerstin A Lehnert2, Audrey Mickle1, Tom Narock8, Mark Schildhauer9 and Peter H Wiebe1, (1)Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (2)Columbia University, Palisades, NY, United States, (3)Lamont-Doherty Earth Obs, Palisades, NY, United States, (4)WHOI, Woods Hole, MA, United States, (5)Wright State University Main Campus, Dayton, OH, United States, (6)Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Washington, DC, United States, (7)University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, United States, (8)Marymount University, Arlington, VA, United States, (9)National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA, United States
The MBLWHOI Library is a partner in the OceanLink project, an NSF EarthCube Building Block, applying semantic technologies to enable knowledge discovery, sharing and integration. OceanLink is testing ontology design patterns that link together: two data repositories, Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R), Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO); the MBLWHOI Library Institutional Repository (IR) Woods Hole Open Access Server (WHOAS); National Science Foundation (NSF) funded awards; and American Geophysical Union (AGU) conference presentations.

The Library is collaborating with scientific users, data managers, DSpace engineers, experts in ontology design patterns, and user interface developers to make WHOAS, a DSpace repository, linked open data enabled. The goal is to allow searching across repositories without any of the information providers having to change how they manage their collections. The tools developed for DSpace will be made available to the community of users. There are 257 registered DSpace repositories in the United Stated and over 1700 worldwide.

Outcomes include: Integration of DSpace with OpenRDF Sesame triple store to provide SPARQL endpoint for the storage and query of RDF representation of DSpace resources, Mapping of DSpace resources to OceanLink ontology, and DSpace “data” add on to provide resolvable linked open data representation of DSpace resources.