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CGI Geoscience Language Workshop

More information and registration details can be found at www.bgr.bund.de/IGSL2010

Why we are doing this

The main aim of the workshop is to establish a common or integrated work program for the two CGI working groups, the Interoperability Working Group’s Geoscience Concept Definitions Task Group (GCDTG) and the Multilingual Thesaurus of Geosciences Working Group (MTG) in order to minimise duplication of effort.

The MTG is tasked with: “To enable the global exchange of geoscience information with the help of a common multilingual core vocabulary by developing and expanding the Multilingual Thesaurus of Geosciences”

The Interoperability Working Group’s GCDTG is: “Responsible for designing vocabulary services that satisfy requirements for GeoSciML, i.e. specifying property domains.”

The CGI Council understands there is a dependency between the outputs of these two groups and intends the Science Language Workshop to establish work objectives and procedures that will meet both the Interoperability Working Group’s GCDTG and the MTG requirements without duplicating effort.

To register for either the Geoscience Language Workshop or the GeoSciML Open Day please register via email with susanna.koesterke@bgr.de, CC Kristine.Asch@BGR.de


The meeting is scheduled on Wednesday August 25 2010 to Thursday August 26 2010

Meeting location

Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Scharnhorststr. 34-37 10115 Berlin (Berlin Centre) Germany

Getting to Berlin meeting location

Using Public Transport: Bus: 120, 240, 245, 123, 147 (Invalidenpark) Underground train: U6 (Naturkundemuseum), U55 (Berlin Hauptbahnhof) S-Bahn city train: S3, S5, S7, S75 (Berlin Hauptbahnhof) By rail: via Hauptbahnhof or Ostbahnhof

Traffic Links fromTegel Airport: JetExpressBus TXL via Hauptbahnhof



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Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin, Platz vor dem Neuen Tor 6, 10115 Berlin [circa 100 - 150 EUR]


Mikon Eastgate Hotel, Hessische Straße 10, 10115 Berlin [circa 75 EUR]


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Low Budget hotels:

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Confirmed Attendees

IUGS-CGI & OneGeologyEurope International Geoscience Language Workshop Programme (provisional)

DAY 1: Wednesday, 25. August 2010 Introduction Session: Geoscience Language – an overview

9:30-9:40 Welcome President of BGR, Prof. Kümpel
9:40-9:50 Welcome address The Minister for Economy and Technology or a Deputy
9:50- 10:10 Welcome and introduction to the Geoscience Language Workshop Kristine Asch (Chair IUGS-CGI)
10:10 – 10:30 Keynote on Geoscience Language The President of the International Commission for Stratigraphy (Stan Finney)
10:30 – 10:50 Keynote on vocabularies, ontologies and terms ?
10:50 – 11: 20 INSPIRE – a European framework for environmental data continuity Michael Lutz, EC
11:20 – 11:50 Coffee break  

Session I: The Need for a coherent geoscience language (Chair Kristine Asch)

11:50 – 12:10 Introduction to the historical background need to a coherent geoscience language in geology ?
12:10 – 12 :30 OneGeology – a global perspective Ian Jackson
12:30 – 12:50 One Geology- Europe – what 20 nations did with €3.25 million ?
12:50 - 13:00 Discussion  
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch - BMWI canteen

Session II: Vocabularies and ontologies (Chair )

14:00 – 14:15 The global CGI vocabulary Steve Richard
14:15 – 14:30 A European vocabulary produced by OneGeologyEurope Kristine Asch
14:30 – 14:45 The Australian GGIC contribution to the CGI vocabularies Ollie Raymond
14:45 – 15:00 Discussion  

Session III Thesauri (Chair Steve Richard)

15:00 – 15:15 The global Multilingual Thesaurus of Geosciences Joachim Gersemann
15:15 – 15:30 The Multilingual Thesaurus of Asia Koji Wakita / Marivic Uzzurraga
15.30 – 15:45 Russia thesauri Grigory. Brekov, Oleg Petrov?
15:45 – 16:00 Discussion  
16:00 – 16:15 Coffee break  

Session IV Regional, national and federal examples of approaches to geoscience language in the geoscience community (Chair Peter Baumann)

16.15 – 16:30 South America ?
16.30 – 16.45 Vocabularies in China ?
16:45 – 17:00 Minnesota Harvey Thorleifson
17:00 – 17:15 Turkey ?
17:15 – 17:30 Conclusions of Day One Kristine Asch
20: 00 Workshop Dinner

DAY 2: Thursday, 26. August 2010 Exploring the scientific and technical issues (Harmonisation, machine vocabulary services and use cases)

9:00 – 9:10 Welcome to Day 2 and introduction to the day (Ministry/BGR)

Session V: Harmonisation and terms – aspirations and reality in Europe (Chair )

9:10 – 9:15 Introduction to the session Chair TBA
9:15 – 9:30 Harmonisation in esDIN ?
9:30 – 9:45 Harmonisation issues between country a and b TBA WP 3 member
9:45 – 10:00 Harmonisation issues between country n and m TBA WP 3 member
10:00 – 10:15 Harmonisation issues between country x and z TBA WP 3 member
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break

Session VI: Current state of the art in machine use of vocabulary services (Chair Bruce Simons)

10:45 – 10:50 Introduction to the session  
10:50 – 11:05 AuScope vocabulary services demonstration Guillaume Duclaux
11:05 – 11:20 OneGeologyEurope vocabulary services demonstration Jean-Jacques Serrano and Agnès Tellez Arenas
11:20 – 11:35 Overview of other existing systems Steve Richard
11:35 -11:50 Governance of vocabulary services ?
11:50 – 12:05    
12:05 – 12:20 Discussion

Session VII: Use cases for applications of vocabulary and thesaurus products (Chair Harvey Thorleifson)

12:20 – 12:25 Introduction to the session Harvey Thorleifson
12:25 - 13:00 Introduction of use cases ?
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch at the BMWI canteen

Session VIII Management and Governance of the products – presentations and discussion (Chair: John Broome)
14:00 - 14:05 Introduction to the session John Broome
14:05 - 14:20 Tools for managing ontologies (system architecture, conversion tools) Guillaume Duclaux
14:20 - 14:35 Intellectual Property, Product ownership and stewardship  
14:35 - 14:50 Publication strategy  
14:50 - 15:05 Products Alistair Ritchie

15:05 - 16:00 Panel Discussion: Open issues, feedback, actions, round-up and conclusions Kristine Asch

CGI GeoSciML Open Day


The meeting is scheduled on Friday August 27 2010

Meeting location

Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology Scharnhorststr. 34-37 10115 Berlin (Berlin Centre) Germany

Confirmed Attendees

Outline agenda

GeoSciML Open Day (organised by the Interoperability Working Group of the CGI)

9:00 - 9:05 Welcome and Introducton to the day John Laxton
9:05- 9:30 The Overall Architecture - How the GeoSciML information model, OGC web services and CGI controlled vocabularies work together Bruce Simons
9:30-10:00 The features and use of GeoSciML v2.1 and v3 Oliver Raymond
10:00-10:30 Currently available technologies/methods to deliver a GeoSciML WFS Alistair Ritchie and Tim Duffy
10:30 -11:00 Coffee Break  
11:00 -11:30 Examples of operating GeoSciML WFS and clients Steve Richard
11:30- 12:00 How GeoSciML fits into INSPIRE Jean Jacques Serrano
12:00 - 12:30 Documentation, cookbooks and other tools available to help you establish GeoSciML services John Laxton
12:30 - 13:00 How we map our geology data to GeoSciML Bruce Simons
13:00 – 14:00 lunch break  
14:00 – 17:00 Hands-on worked examples of mapping database schema to GeoSciML (in groups) all (GeoSciML team will assist)

The afternoon session is intended to allow participants to break into working groups and map some database schema to the GeoSciML schema. Experts from organisations who have previously done this will be on hand to help. At the end of the mapping exercise participants will reconvene to discuss difficulties they encountered and recommended improvements to the GeoSciML model. This feedback will be provided to the GeoSciML task groups at their workshops the following week.

Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their data to the meeting so that a variety of data sources can be used to map to GeoSciML.

-- BruceSimons - 2010-04-14 -- BruceSimons - 2010-08-16


Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
GeoSciML2_Mapping_Template.xlsxls GeoSciML2_Mapping_Template.xls manage 76.5 K 28 Sep 2010 - 06:48 BruceSimons Excel spreadsheet template for mapping between GeoSciML v2.1 and the users database
Topic revision: r28 - 07 Apr 2011, MarcusSen

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