In order to support the scientific use of established ontologies and terminologies, a Terminology Service was set-up by TIB in cooperation with the NFDI initiative: https://terminology.tib.eu/.
The TIB Terminology Service provides a single point of access to terminologies from a range of domains such as architecture, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics. The use of terminologies can empower scientists to realise a machine-processable expression of the information contained in their research data and other academic outputs.
Terminologies offer the building blocks for (meta-)data schemata and data annotation by defining important concepts of a domain. Furthermore, they allow persistent reference to concepts and terms by assigning them Uniform Resource Identifiers (URIs). In consequence, this strongly supports the future use of data fostering interoperability and reuse in a FAIR data context.
100 ontologies, 1.1 million terms and over 16,000 properties
As of now, more than 100 ontologies, 1.1 million terms and over 16,000 properties are included in the TIB Terminology Service. All entries are accessible using a new, extended REST API: https://service.tib.eu/ts4tib/swagger-ui.html.
The implementation as a REACT web application significantly increases the performance, scalability and usability of the Terminology Service.
At TIB, we strongly believe that the application of terminologies to the research data lifecycle will become a corner stone for a semantic web of data, enabling effective access and machine-actionable processing of information, easy exchange of data over system barriers, as well as the automation of related processes and reuse of data.
Acknowledgements. TIB Terminology Service is funded by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) in the NFDI Funding Programme (grant no. 442146713 and 441958208).