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Noon seminar - Making data and models FAIR with AI and the semantic web

Monday, November 04, 2019, 12:15PM - 1:15PM


Ken Bagstad



SEEC room S228 (Sievers Room)

Despite growth of the open science paradigm, the interoperability and reusability of scientific data and models typically remains limited. The FAIR Principles put forth a path to make scientific data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable – critically, by improving data and model transparency and transferability by both humans and machines. However, achieving the “IR” in FAIR requires an approach to semantics that enables machine actionability across scientific domains. Such cross-disciplinary semantics have posed a substantial scientific challenge. Building on 12 years of experience to make data and models interoperable and reusable within the Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services (ARIES) project, we illustrate methods to achieve the “IR” components of FAIR for integrated scientific modeling using semantics, machine reasoning, and open data and models. We describe how such an approach would change the scientific process for both individual researchers and stakeholders applying such knowledge to decision making. While achieving FAIRness to support environmental management requires further work and greater coordination than previously seen, it is technically achievable and offers three potentially game-changing advantages to scientific modeling: substantially faster completion of assessments, improved quality through greater reuse of past knowledge, and greater transparency with properly reported provenance information.


Dr. Ken Bagstad is a Research Economist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver, Colorado. His primary interests are in ecosystem service modeling and natural capital accounting. Ken has led applications of the Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services (ARIES) platform and other ecosystem services modeling tools in diverse contexts in the United States and globally. He has also lead the development of ecosystem accounts in the United States and Rwanda, and assisted in their development in Colombia, Costa Rica, and the Philippines. He holds a bachelors degree from Ohio Wesleyan University, masters from Arizona State University, and PhD from the University of Vermont.


Free and open to the public.