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Knowledge-as-a-Service: a community knowledge base for research infrastructures in environmental and earth sciences

Zhao, Zhiming; Liao, Xiaofeng; Martin, Paul; Maduro, Jordan; Thijsse, Peter; Schaap, Dick; Stocker, Markus; Goldfarb, Doron; Magagna, Barbara

The ENVRI Reference Model (ENVRI RM) and

its ontological representation Open Information Linking for

Environmental RIs (OIL-E) allow architects and engineers to

describe the architecture and operational behavior of

environmental and earth science research infrastructures (RIs)

in a standardized way using community-agreed terminology. RI

descriptions can be published as linked data, allowing discovery,

querying, and comparison using established Semantic Web

technologies. The ENVRI Knowledge Base is a community

knowledge base which uses OIL-E to capture information about

environmental and earth science RIs in the ENVRI community

for query and comparison. Such Knowledge-as-a-Service

supports identifying the technologies and standards used for

particular activities and services and evaluating research

infrastructure subsystems and behaviors against certain

criteria, such as compliance with the FAIR data principles.

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