Ecosystem Approach Community of Practice: Cotrix

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The main objective of the Fisheries Linked Open Data (FLOD) is to develop a fisheries Knowledge Base of reference data.

The iMarine FLOD components were identified as potential indexing and annotation sources (through FLOD uri's) for data in other systems. E.g. FLOD is proposed for the F-RIS portal browsing and query tools to access easily these information and data.

Development with iMarine initially focused on development of the KB, web semantic services development and later enriched with the need to host the portal and Knowledge Base in iMarine.

The possibility to create a VRE to host and make available to the community FLOD index and annotations has been discussed and could be added to iMarine if the content and future exploitation of FLOD is validated.

FLOD is a Knowledge base providing reference data through URI's on Fishereies related information, such as species, gears, vessel type, and fishing areas. It is not a static dats-set, but one which is intended to grow, and services for content maintenance and enriching are being developed. FLOD uri's serve e.g. SmartFish and TLO use cases e.g. for semantic fact sheet development.

Priority to CoP
The proposed solution meets the following the iMarine Board priority setting criteria:
  • The target community are all data consumers in need of managed URI's in the Fisheries domain.
  • Users are information systems data managers that need to enrich their infroamtion with FLOD uri's, or even want to compose information based on FLOD content.
  • Potential for co-funding; Potential medium, as FLOD is specific tothe FI domain.
  • Structural allocation of resources; FLOD already exists, funded fully by iMarine.
  • Referred in DoW;in several cases.
  • The proposed development of FLOD support sustainability aspects by enriching iMarine with a Knowledge Base on marine information. This KB can be proposed to other initiatives as a KB development platform. In addition the KB itself is a valuable resource for other initiative to find information, if the FLOD initiave can be consolidated.
  • How consistent it is with regulations/strategies? Not relevant.
  • Re-usability – benefits – compatibility: FLOD by philosophy is open, and build for re-usability. The benefits of a Linked Open Data approach are eveident to users in need of FAO Fishereis reference data, as it will offer a single point of access for many refernce data sets. Based on RDF, FLOD is easily consumed, and thus compatible with existing stete-of-the art web based information technologies.
Relation to CoP Software
  • SmartFish
  • VR and other FAO repository management tools
Relation to D4S technologies
  • iMarine ConnectCube
  • iSearch
  • Xsearch
Are the proposed measures effective?
Does it reduce a known workload?

How must the component be delivered to users? (UI Design / on-line help / training material / support)
  • A portal has been created, and human and machine users can issue SPARQL queries.
The policies available that describe data access and sharing are available here: Use_Cases_for_EA-CoP_Data_Access_and_Sharing_Policies#Cotrix_Code_list_management
Have the Copyright / attribution / metadata / legal aspects been addressed from a user and technology perspective?
  • No, and this is an important issue for the data access and sharing discussion.
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