Workshop: Smart Descriptions & Smarter Vocabularies (SDSVoc)
VRE4EIC is working with the World Wide Web Consortium, W3C, to organise this exciting and timely workshop. The need to describe data with metadata is well understood: the problem is how best to do it. There are many answers to that question which in itself creates a further problem: with so many standards to choose from, which one should I use to describe my data? With so many is use, which one(s) should I build my application to look for?
This workshop aims to clarify the steps needed to improve communication between data repositories and applications that use that data, such as virtual research environments. Applications may simply discover data or visualise it, manipulate it, discuss it, correct it, describe it republish it etc. The outcome may be a new W3C Working Group chartered to extend DCAT, the Data Catalogue Vocabulary, and determine how human and machine-readable metadata profiles are defined and made discoverable. A further aim is to explore how W3C can best support vocabulary development for a variety of communities.
Topics for the workshop include, but are not limited to:
• Approaches to dataset descriptions
• Experience of using DCAT and/or other dataset description vocabularies
• Defining and using metadata profiles
• Discovering metadata profiles
• Providing and using metadata in multiple profiles for multiple contexts
• Experiences of developing, managing and mapping vocabularies.
Short position papers are required in order to participate in this workshop. These are not academic papers but descriptions of the problem you’d like the workshop to discuss and the presentation you would like to offer. ‘Papers’ can be as simple as a short description of a tool or service to be demonstrated and the technologies used. Each organization or individual wishing to participate must submit a position paper explaining their interest in the workshop by 9th October. The intention is to make sure that participants have an active interest in the area, and that the workshop will benefit from their presence.
Full details are available at https://www.w3.org/2016/11/sdsvoc/