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Synchronisation Force 2nd Workshop Session 2: Metadata, semantics and interoperability

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Interoperability is one of the FAIR Principles that recently has taken up more and more attention. Interoperability will often be the more challenging principles of the four principles – indeed when we want to address interoperability across scientific domains. In this session we will explore the subject of semantic and technical interoperability within and across scientific domains. The aim of the workshop will be to explore the semantic and technical interoperability adopted by representatives from different research communities and institutions to explore their compliance with the EOSC Interoperability Framework’s recommendations. We expect participation from different scientific domains in order to get a picture of their semantic and technical practices. Our point of departure for addressing semantic and technical interoperability is the EOSC interoperability framework.

Chair: Esteban Gonzales, UPM
Rapporteur: Anne-Sofie Fink, DeIC

Recommendations to be assessed during the session

Overall session recommendations:

  • More cross-disciplinary work is needed to align semantic artefacts with the same terms or concepts.
  • Maintenance, sustainability, and governance of semantic artefacts deserve attention and agreement across disciplinary communities.
  • The FAIR-at-large community should intensify the work on crosswalks and mappings to produce more best practices.

Recommendations from relevant literature:

  • Recommendation 1: Develop domain and cross-domain interoperability frameworks at the level of vocabularies, ontologies, and metadata schema (FAIRsFAIR white paper – Rec1).
  • Recommendation 2: Define maintenance of a repository of semantic artefacts and a governance framework for such a repository (EOSC Interoperability Framework – Semantic recommendation p.6)
  • Recommendation 3: Develop interoperability frameworks for FAIR sharing within disciplines and for interdisciplinary research (Turning FAIR into reality – Rec4)
  • Recommendation 4: Define a clear PID policy and a common security and privacy framework (EOSC Interoperability Framework – Technical recommendation p.6)

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