Cross domain interoperability use cases: reflections from the EOSC Symposium 2023 

The WorldFAIR Project was at the EOSC Symposium 2023 in Madrid in September with an exhibition booth alongside other Horizon Europe projects. It was a great opportunity for us to meet colleagues in person and discuss the potential for future collaborations (stay tuned for more on that in the coming months!).

The team also set out to explore how EOSC can support cross-domain interoperability, and present the WorldFAIR Cross-Domain Interoperability Framework. A set of recommendations and guidelines and Case Studies from a number of projects exploring this challenge, such as WorldFAIR, FAIR-IMPACT and EOSC Future present their work. Speakers included Simon Hodson (CODATA, Project Coordinator), Arofan Gregory (CODATA), Pier Luigi Buttigieg (WorldFAIR Ocean Science & Sustainable Development WP Lead) and Alexander Prent (WorldFAIR Geochemistry WP Lead).

EOSC supporting cross-domain interoperability: The WorldFAIR case studies 

Excerpt from a blog originally published on 29 September the RDA website.

The breakout session on cross-domain interoperability use cases featured several presentations from the WorldFAIR Project.

‘Interoperability faces challenges. How can EOSC support cross domain interoperability?’ was the question introduced by Simon Hodson, WorldFAIR project coordinator, who was followed by Arofan Gregory with a presentation on the Cross-Domain Interoperability Framework (CDIF). The CDIF is a work in progress, trying to define the profile of metadata standards that can be used to interoperate. The WorldFAIR project will produce a first draft, but work will then continue after the end of the project. Arofan noted that while a lot of research is going into FAIR, not all is implementable. For this reason, the CDIF will be a progressing support tool with low entry barriers. FAIR is a set of principles, not a roadmap for anything. You can only solve these challenges though scientific collaboration, and the CDIF is the foundation where this kind of support can be built. 

The remainder of the session focused on real implementations of interoperability and presented use cases from EOSC Future, WorldFAIR and FAIR-IMPACT. In the case of WorldFAIR, Pier Luigi Buttigieg and Alexander Prent spoke about their work on Ocean Science and Geochemistry, respectively.  

Pier Luigi discussed his work with the ODIS/OIH, whose mission is to build a sustainable, interoperable, and inclusive digital ecosystem for all ocean stakeholders. His work under WorldFAIR focuses on the development of cross-domain interoperability along existing IOC priority areas (such as Biodiversity, Hazards and disasters, Chemicals and pollutants, and Cultural data and knowledge), on continuous alignment and integration through the creation of a domain-neutral form of ODIS-Arch, and by aligning to the CDIF, and finally with a move towards an integration-on-demand data space. The full presentation is available here. If you want to find out more about the WorldFAIR case study on Ocean Science and Sustainable Development, a good starting point is their first published report, available on Zenodo.  

Alexander Prent (AuScope, OneGeochemistry) spoke about the work done in the Geochemistry case study, a community with many subdisciplines, and highly specific and small size datasets. The Work Package Lead spoke about the FAIR Implementation Profiles in development, and highlighted that comparing FAIR Implementation Profiles will clarify where FAIR Enabling Resources are missing and need to be developed, and how publishing FAIR Implementation Profiles will enable other (sub)disciplines to use and tailor to the FAIR Enabling Resource used by that discipline furthering cross domain interoperability. Check out the first published report, ‘Formalisation of OneGeochemistry’, available on Zenodo. Alexander’s presentation from the EOSC Symposium is available here.  

All session presentations are available on the EOSC Symposium session page.

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