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Putting meaning into NETMAR – the open service network for marine environmental data
Leadbetter, A.M.; Lowry, R.K.; Clements, D.O. (2014). Putting meaning into NETMAR – the open service network for marine environmental data. Int. J. Digit. Earth 7(10): 811-828. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1080/17538947.2013.781243
In: International Journal of Digital Earth. Taylor & Francis: London. ISSN 1753-8947; e-ISSN 1753-8955, more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    geoinformatics, oceanography, geospatial data integration

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  • Leadbetter, A.M.
  • Lowry, R.K.
  • Clements, D.O.

Abstract
    The open service network for marine environmental data (NETMAR) project uses semantic web technologies in its pilot system which aims to allow users to search, download and integrate satellite, in situ and model data from open ocean and coastal areas. The semantic web is an extension of the fundamental ideas of the World Wide Web, building a web of data through annotation of metadata and data with hyperlinked resources. Within the framework of the NETMAR project, an interconnected semantic web resource was developed to aid in data and web service discovery and to validate Open Geospatial Consortium Web Processing Service orchestration. A second semantic resource was developed to support interoperability of coastal web atlases across jurisdictional boundaries. This paper outlines the approach taken to producing the resource registry used within the NETMAR project and demonstrates the use of these semantic resources to support user interactions with systems. Such interconnected semantic resources allow the increased ability to share and disseminate data through the facilitation of interoperability between data providers. The formal representation of geospatial knowledge to advance geospatial interoperability is a growing research area. Tools and methods such as those outlined in this paper have the potential to support these efforts.

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