Ontology pattern modeling for cross-repository data integration in the ocean sciences: The oceanographic cruise example

Adila Alfa Krisnadhi, Robert Arko, Suzanne Carbotte, Cynthia Chandler, Michelle Cheatham, Timothy Finest, Pascal Hitzler, Krzysztof Janowicz, Thomas Narock, Lisa Raymond, Adam Shepherd, Peter Wiebe

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EarthCube is a major effort of the National Science Foundation to establish a next-generation knowledge architecture for the broader geosciences. Data storage, retrieval, access, and reuse are central parts of this new effort. Currently, EarthCube is organized around several building blocks and research coordination networks. OceanLink is a semantics-enabled building block that aims at improving data retrieval and reuse via ontologies, Semantic Web technologies, and Linked Data for the ocean sciences. Cruises, in the sense of research expeditions, are central events for ocean scientists. Consequently, information about these cruises and the involved vessels is of primary interest for oceanographers, and thus, needs to be shared and made retrievable. In this paper, we report the use of a design pattern-centric strategy to model Cruise for OceanLink data integration. We provide a formal axiomatization of the introduced pattern using the Web Ontology Language, explain design choices and discuss the planned deployment and application scenarios of our model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Semantic Web in Earth and Space Science
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Status and Future Directions
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781614995012
ISBN (Print)9781614995005
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Alignment
  • Axiomatization
  • Data integration
  • OWL
  • Oceanographic cruise
  • Oceanography
  • Ontology design pattern
  • Ontology reuse
  • Trajectory ontology


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