BITS – BluePrints for the Integration of Terminology Services in Earth System Sciences

BITS aims to address a major remaining obstacle to the application of FAIR principles in Earth System Science (ESS) by addressing the inadequate implementation of encoding semantics or, in other words, data interoperability of research data. Within BITS, a Terminology Service (TS) will be established at the TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology for subfields of climate science and geoscientific collections (involving curated objects from mineralogy, petrology, and paleontology) and integrated at the two different data repositories of the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ) and the Senckenberg - Leibniz Institution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research (SGN). The experience gained in setting up the TS and integrating it into the repositories at DKRZ and SGN will be used to create blueprints that can later serve to link other Earth System Science repositories to the TS, in close collaboration with NFDI4Earth and the wider ESS community.

This new TS will serve as a valuable resource for researchers, students, professionals, and developers, empowering them with accurate and consistent terminology to enhance their work, improve communication, and advance knowledge in their respective fields. By providing a reliable and user-friendly tool, it will contribute significantly to the promotion of open science and effective information exchange within the scientific community



For the development of our Terminology Service for the Earth System Sciences, BITS needs input from the community. This is why we are aiming for a close connection with NFDI4Earth. We are pleased to announce that a first step in this direction has been taken: NFDI4Earth has provided us with a web adress:

The IG FAIRESST will collect and investigate the use of semantic artefacts in the NFDI4Earth network. It will also serve as a community for proposing new terminologies and developing new tools for the ESS collection in the TIB Terminology Service. Although it is an NFDI4Earth Interest Group, it will be open to anyone interested in the topic.