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The Ontologies Community of Practice: A CGIAR Initiative for Big Data in Agrifood Systems.

TitleThe Ontologies Community of Practice: A CGIAR Initiative for Big Data in Agrifood Systems.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsArnaud, E, Laporte, M-A, Auber, C, Leonelli, S, Miro, B, Cooper, L, Jaiswal, P, Kruseman, G, R, S, et al,
Date Published10/2020
Type of ArticleJOurnal article
Other Numbersdoi: 10.1016/j.patter.2020.100105
Keywordsagriculture, agrifood systems, Big Data, Community of Practice, data annotation, data labeling, FAIR data, knowledge representation, ontologies, semantics for agriculture

Heterogeneous and multidisciplinary data generated by research on sustainable global agriculture and agrifood systems requires quality data labeling or annotation in order to be interoperable. As recommended by the FAIR principles, data, labels, and metadata must use controlled vocabularies and ontologies that are popular in the knowledge domain and commonly used by the community. Despite the existence of robust ontologies in the Life Sciences, there is currently no comprehensive full set of ontologies recommended for data annotation across agricultural research disciplines. In this paper, we discuss the added value of the Ontologies Community of Practice (CoP) of the CGIAR Platform for Big Data in Agriculture for harnessing relevant expertise in ontology development and identifying innovative solutions that support quality data annotation. The Ontologies CoP stimulates knowledge sharing among stakeholders, such as researchers, data managers, domain experts, experts in ontology design, and platform development teams.