Construction of Marine Vocabularies in the Marine Metadata Interoperability Project
MTS/IEEE OCEANS 2005 Americas
September 19-23, 2005, Washington, DC
The MMI methodology for creating the marine ontologies is composed of: identification, harmonization, alignment and mapping, and publication. First the marine vocabulary is identified. The namespace and the required transformation are then documented. Then the vocabulary is harmonized by transforming the vocabulary into OWL format. Having all the marine vocabularies in OWL allows the alignment and mapping between the various ontologies, aligning terms in one ontology with similar terms in the other ontologies. This creates, for example, the "is a member of" kinds of relationships within the ontologies. However, the most useful product of the mapping is the creation of semantically equivalent and yet disjoint relationships among terms. Finally the ontologies are published via web services. The first three parts of this methodology, which form the foundation for the development of true semantic interoperability, will be discussed in the paper.
Principal Tech Area/Keywords: 8.0 Information Processing, Modeling & Simulation :: 8.3 Modernizing Ocean Data and Information Systems
Alternate Tech Areas: 18.0 Achieving a Sustained Integrated Ocean Observing System :: 18.5 Global Ocean Observing Systems