The ESIP Executive Committee moved to go forward with promoting the Semantic Web Cluster to Semantic Technologies Committee through the appropriate channels, the 30-day waiting period and then ultimately an electronic vote on the approval by the general assembly.

The proposed addition to the Bylaws would be:

Section 5 – Standing Committee for Semantic Technologies                    

V.5.1 The ESIP Federation shall include a Standing Committee for Semantic Technologies. Its roles are:

  • To encourage and promote research and development of semantic technologies in support of Earth science data management, data discovery, data dissemination and data analysis.

  • To collaborate with ESIP members, working groups, clusters, and standing committees to identify semantic methods and tools that support the adoption of semantic technologies within ESIP and across its member organizations.

  • To foster sharing and reuse of ontologies and controlled vocabularies within ESIP and its member organizations.

  • To provide a collaborative environment for the development of ontology-based standards and controlled vocabularies.

  • To maintain a long-term agenda and roadmap for integration and evaluation of semantic projects within ESIP.

  • To collaborate with external groups and agencies, including international organizations, on behalf of ESIP in regards to semantic technologies and furthering the aforementioned roles.

Draft with ExCom comments
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Please comment below or send an email the ESIP's Executive Committee ( by November 9, 2015.