Creating Core Ontology for Social Sciences Empirical Data Integration

Dmitry Kudryavtsev, Tatiana Gavrilova, Alena Begler


There exist several dozens of metadata standards for empirical research data, making it difficult for users to choose and apply such standards. Consequently, the integration of datasets from similar empirical studies for further knowledge acquisition is highly constrained. To resolve this problem, an ontology for social science research data integration (Empirion-core) has been developed. The ontology reuses existing data integration schemas: DDI-RDF Discovery Vocabulary, Generic Statistical Information Model, Core Ontology for Scientific Research Activities, Data Catalog Vocabulary, and DCMI Metadata Terms. It consists of five subontologies that provide concepts for empirical datasets description: Information resource ontology, Research activity ontology, Research coverage ontology, Measurement ontology, and Sampling ontology.


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