GeoLink was EarthCube building block project funded by NSF-1440114 from 2014 to 2017. According to the grant abstract, the project addressed how "to employ state of the art technology for geoscience data discovery, access, and integration. The project brings together significant geosciences holdings in the ocean, earth and polar sciences to demonstrate how innovative technologies can be robustly applied to these facilities to enhance the capabilities for scientists to discover and interpret relevant geoscience data and knowledge. The end product, GEOLink, will lower barriers to cross-repository data discovery and access, while respecting and preserving repository autonomy and heterogeneity. They will demonstrate the approach through a portal that allows searching and browsing of integrated content from multiple repositories."

The GeoLink website describes the rational the problem and area of research:

A growing collection of standard protocols, formats, and vocabularies, often characterized as the Semantic Web ("Web of Data"), offers a powerful approach for publishing research data online. The GeoLink project brings together experts from the geosciences, computer science, and library science in an effort to develop Semantic Web components that support discovery and reuse of data and knowledge. GeoLink's participating repositories include content from field expeditions, laboratory analyses, journal publications, conference presentations, theses/reports, and funding awards that span scientific studies from marine geology to marine ecosystems to paleoclimate.

GeoLink's outcomes will include a set of reusable ontology design patterns (ODPs) that describe core geoscience concepts, a network of Linked Data published by participating repositories using those ODPs, and tools to facilitate discovery of related content in multiple repositories. Our work is aligned with other EarthCube efforts including EarthCollab, CINERGI, and the Council of Data Facilities.

Leadership team:

  • Robert Arko (Lead), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Suzanne Carbotte, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Cynthia Chandler, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Michelle Cheatham, Wright State University
  • Douglas Fils, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
  • Timothy Finin, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Pascal Hitzler, Wright State University
  • Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Matthew Jones, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Kerstin Lehnert, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Thomas Narock, Marymount University
  • Lisa Raymond, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Mark Schildhauer, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Peter Wiebe, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Participating repositories:

  • Biological and Chemical Oceanography Data Management Office (BCO-DMO)
  • Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE)
  • Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (IEDA)
  • International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP)
  • Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network
  • Marine Biological Laboratory/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MBLWHOI) Library
  • Rolling Deck to Repository (R2R) Program

Recent Submissions

  • GeoLink Triple Store Data 

    Arko, Robert A.; Carbotte, Suzanne M.; Chandler, Cynthia; Cheatham, Michelle; Fils, Douglas; Hitzler, Pascal; Hu, Yingjie; Janowicz, Kyzysztof; Ji, Peng; Jones, Matt; Krisnadhi, Adila; Lehnert, Kerstin A.; Mecum, Bryce; Mickle, Audrey; Narock, Tom; Raymond, Lisa; Schildhauer, Mark; Shepherd, Adam; Wiebe, Peter H. (2018-01-31)
    A growing collection of standard protocols, formats, and vocabularies, often characterized as the Semantic Web, offers a powerful approach for publishing research data online. The GeoLink project brings together experts ...