Group Summary

The Vocabularies and Semantics Working Goup brings together people who are interested in semantics and vocabularies relevant to the polar regions.  Orginally established as a joint effort between the Arctic Data Committee and the Arctic Data Sub Team of the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee, the group is open to all individuals and organizations with an interest in this topic.  

Group activities included:

  • Promote awareness of existing vocabularies and semantics initiatives to increase effectiveness and reduce or eliminate redundancy
  • Coordinate vocabulaies and semantics development activities across the polar information community
  • Enable and organize regular communication within the community
  • Help members of the community connect to useful and interoperable vocabularies
  • Inform polar community about broader activities (e.g. ESIP, RDA), and act as ambassadors from the polar community to other initiatives


Partner and Related Groups and Activities 

Alaska Data Integration work group

Arctic Research Mapping Application

Arctic Observing Viewer


DataONE (NSF Arctic Data Center)


ESIP Semantic Committee

Geolink (NSF EarthCube)



NSF Arctic Data Center

The OBO Foundry



Research Data Alliance

Semantic Sea Ice Interoperability Initiative


US LTER Network Community Office

WMO activities (through METNO)

Communication Channels

A set of collaboration tools and communication channels will be established for the group.  Slack will be used for realtime, day to day communictions.  A Google Group will be esablished for document management etc., and a Github repository is being established for specific vocabularies or ontologies established under the project.

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