MMI's ORR Ontology Repository Chosen for ODM2 Project

ODM2 (Observations Data Model Version 2.0) is an information model for spatially discrete, feature-based earth observations. It is integrative, extensible, and aimed at data interoperability, particularly across sensor and sample-based observations. ODM2 has been designed from a general perspective, with extensibility for achieving interoperability across multiple disciplines and systems that support publication of earth observations.

The Marine Metadata Interoperability project (MMI) announced today that the ODM2 project has selected MMI's Ontology Registry and Repository (MMI ORR) as its host for web-accessible controlled vocabularies during its initial deployment phase.

The ODM2 team selected MMI during its March 2014 workshop in Logan, Utah, after exploring several options. As mentioned on its Controlled Vocabularies page, this decision was based on MMI ORR's features, particularly its “convenient vocabulary and vocabulary mapping management capabilities, and ontology and vocabulary term URI resolvers that are both user (human) and machine friendly.”

The ODM2 and MMI projects are working together to identify desirable updates to the repository services and documentation, and have begun working on the “low-hanging fruit” in that list. MMI Project and Technical Leads John Graybeal and Dr. Carlos Rueda are collaborating with the ODM2 team in this process. “It's terrific to have focused feedback and contributions from users on active projects,” says Rueda. “We look forward to an exciting collaboration with the ODM2 team.”

The collaborative ODM2 Project, led by Dr. Jeffery S. Horsburgh, of Utah State University, is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The selection of the MMI ORR builds on the ODM2 team's previous experience leading vocabulary management efforts for the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Hydrologic Information System (CUAHSI HIS) and the National Critical Zone Observatories (CZO) Network; as well as direct experience with the MMI ORR by ODM2 co-investigator Dr. Emilio Mayorga (University of Washington, Seattle), in the context of the U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (US IOOS). ODM2 is poised to serve as the basis for upcoming cyberinfrastructure development by several NSF-funded partner projects, including the “Community-Driven BiG CZ Software System for Integration and Analysis of Bio- and GeoScience Data in the Critical Zone” (BiGCZ SSI), the CUAHSI Water Data Center (an operational follow up to the original CUAHSI HIS effort), the National CZO Network, and others.

The MMI Ontology Registry and Repository was initially developed through grants from the National Science Foundation, and receives ongoing technical support from the Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.