Group Summary

The Vocabularies and Semantics Working Goup brings togehter 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


Related Groups and Activities 

AGU ESSI group

Alaska Data Integration work group

Arctic Research Mapping Application 

Arctic Observing Viewer




ESIP Semantic Committee


Global Change Master Directory



NSF Arctic Data Center

The OBO Foundry



Research Data Alliance

Semantic Sea Ice Interoperability Initiative


US LTER Network Community Office

WMO activities (through METNO)

  • Global Cryosphere Watch
  • Year of Polar Prediction

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