In line with the increasing adoption of semantic technologies for integrating agricultural data, GODAN sponsored the 11th International Conference on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Health Care and Life Sciences, held from the 3rd to the 6th December 2018, in Antwerp, Belgium. GODAN hosted a tutorial and a panel discussion where Agri-semantics experts were invited to discuss the challenges of reusing Agri Open Data as well as the “where and how does semantics benefit end users of Open Data?”. This year there is a Keynote on Spinning a Semantic Web for Agriculture from CGIAR’s Medha Devare Ph.D. Full conference details and CFP can be found here.
The extent to which Open Data can be reused for meaningful purposes depends on how the data is described when it is generated. Precise descriptions of data, known as semantic metadata, are central to the reuse of open data. When metadata is available it can be used to support discovery of APIs and integration of relevant data to reveal new insights and trends. For over a decade, life sciences researchers have built canonical metadata for different subject areas, including agriculture. One example is the Global Agricultural Concept Scheme. In complex application areas, software developers are relying on metadata to build smarter applications for querying and visualization of the data. From across the spectrum of life science, (bio, chem and medical), informatics, a dedicated community has emerged that meets annually to discuss and showcase the challenges that can be overcome by using semantic metadata.
Full conference details can be found here.