Join the Arctic-Data Sub-team for a discussion of language, meaning and data sharing across disciplines

Sharing data and information across systems, or "interoperability" as this sharing is often called,  is an important and popular topic.  Advances have been made in this area, however there are still challenges, particularly in effectively  sharing between different communities or communities of practice that do not share the same language or definitions of terms or concepts.  Even researchers in the same areas of research may not fully agree on all definition of terms or the relationships between phenomena.  In some cases, as was pointed out in a recent IARPC Collaborations post by @Jessica Rohde, terms may be misused. 

There are a number of methods emerging to help enhance semantic interoperability and there are a number of members of the IARPC and international community that are working on related projects.  Based on lively discussion during our last meeting on March 30,  the Arctic Data Sub-team (a part of the Environmental Intelligence Coordination Team) will be meeting on April 27th at 13:00 Eastern Time to discuss language, meaning and data sharing across disciplines.  There will be a number of presentations on  projects related to Arctic vocabularies and semantics (including sea ice, permafrost, Indigenous terminology and others).  There will also be discussion of the formation of a joint project between Arctic Data Sub-team and the international Arctic Data Committee.

We are very interested in hearing the experiences and activities of researchers, community members and others in the IARPC or broader Arctic community on this topic.  Do you struggle to share data because of differences in language or a lack of shared meaning?  Are you working on a project that is addressing these issues?  Come share your thoughts!


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