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Thursday, July 22 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Vocabularies for rock type categories

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The goal of this session is to analyze and compile use cases for a standardized rock type (lithology) vocabulary, and to learn about existing vocabularies in use. The session will start with presentations on existing vocabularies (e.g. CGI Simple Lithology, BGS Rock Names, EarthChem, MINDAT, Geological Survey of Queensland), focusing on their design requirements, how they are currently being used, and how they are accessed. This is an outstanding problem for data integration in geoscience and the time is ripe to look for convergence between the various activities.

Vocabularies to be discussed:

Discussion Questions:
  1. Do existing vocabularies meet requirements, if not, what is missing and what do we have to do next? 
  2. Who should govern a lithology vocabulary?
  3. How can the vocabulary be sustained? 

During the session, please keep an eye on the Rock Vocabulary session jam board, and post notes (use the sticky note tool) with your thoughts and questions. We'll review the board during the discussion time after presentations.

  • 10 min. Welcome, overview, get organized. 
  • 10 min (5 min each), Kerstin, Lesley on their interest in/experience with lithology vocabularies 
  • 10 min: (Steve) CGI vocabs:  simple lithology, regional lithotectonic units, USGS GEMS ‘General Lithology’ and State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) vocabularies. 
  • 10 min: (Jolyon Ralph) MINDAT rock vocabulary 
  • 10 min: (Tim McCormick) BGS lithology SKOS resource, https://data.bgs.ac.uk/id/EarthMaterialClass/RockName/PA_RSD
  • 10 min: (Vance Kelly) Geological Survey of Queensland lithology vocabulary
  • 20 min: Q & A, Discussion
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Organizers & Speakers
avatar for Kerstin Lehnert

Kerstin Lehnert

President, IGSN e.V.
Kerstin Lehnert is Doherty Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Director of the Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance that operates EarthChem, the System for Earth Sample Registration, and the Astromaterials Data System. Kerstin... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Richard

Stephen Richard

Independent contractor, U. S. Geoscience Information Network
Stephen Richard is an independent contractor working from Tucson Arizona. He is currently involved in projects to implement a Geoscience ontology for the Loop3D project, the Technical Team for the EarthCube Office, and applications of geoscience vocabularies in AI applications. Interests... Read More →
avatar for Lesley Wyborn

Lesley Wyborn

Honorary Professor, Australian Research Data Commons

Vance Kelly

Principal Data Manager, Geological Survey of Queensland

Jolyon Ralph

MinDat.org and Hudson Institute of Mineralogy

Tim McCormick

British Geological Survey

Thursday July 22, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT