First Shared Concepts Workshop

Author’s picture Reese Plews Author’s picture Ronald Tse on 15 Apr 2021

Workshop: “Achieving a shared understanding of concepts”

The workshop presentations and audio recordings are now available for download on the ISO/TC-211 Presentations Archive. If you have any questions please contact sharedconcepts at tc211tmg dot org. Thank you again to all of the presenters and participants. See you again soon!
This workshop is finished (🙏 to all participants, more than 50 participants on the first day, more than 30 on the second day!).

On the 13th and the 15th of April 2021, a workshop was held for an exchange of views on how to achieve a shared understanding of concepts - terminology and definitions - across domains.

Purpose of the Workshop

Have you seen a term defined differently in one place from another? Do you use or manage standardized terminologies/glossaries/thesauri? How are these definitions mapped? Perhaps existing terminologies/glossaries/thesauri can be made more useful in your day-to-day work.

Many domains, such as geospatial, electro-technical, business and telecommunications, and others maintain approved terms and definitions through well-defined procedures, especially at standardization bodies and consortia. We believe building mutually-agreed links between concepts across domains would be useful. How should we tie the concepts together, how can they be maintained and governed over time, and who is allowed to do so?

The workshop will focus on discussing a framework and procedures for tackling these issues and work out any technical details at a later time.

Workshop Agenda

Day 1

Introduction to Cross Domain Use of Concepts and associated problems and issues
Time - UTC Session Title


Welcome & Introduction (10 min)

Agneta Engberg, Chairperson, ISO/TC 211, Peter Parslow, Chairperson-elect, ISO/TC211, and Reese Plews, Terminology Maintenance Group, ISO/TC 211


Presentation 1 (20 min)

Concepts - How to describe and harmonize them (Danish experiences) (by the Danish Agency of Digitisation and Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency)


Presentation 2 (10 min)

ISO/TC 211 Terminology Maintenance and the Multi-Lingual Glossary of Terms (by Reese Plews)


Break 1 (10 min)


Presentation 3 (20 min)

SKOS-structured referencing between a domain thesaurus, international standards, and large controlled vocabularies – The case of CaLAThe (by Erik Stubkjær)


Presentation 4 (20 min)

ISO SMART and Terminology (Ronald Tse)


Speed 1 (10 min)

A Case of Developing Community Terminology and Concept for Reporting Dataset Quality Information (by Ge Peng)


Presentation 5 (20 min)

NATO Terminology Programme (by Folkert Zijlstra)


Speed 2 (10 min)

Is an upper-level ontology useful? (by Peter Winstanley)


Break 2 (10 min)


Open discussion 1 with the participants (45 min)

Heidi Vanparys - The Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency + team


Closing and reminder about Day 2 meeting (5 min)

Day 2

Potential solutions
Time - UTC Session Title


Welcome & Recap of Day 1 (10 min)

Jan Hjelmager, The Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency


Presentation 6 (20 min)

FAIR enough - discovery of interoperability specifications in the inconsistent, complex, overlapping and evolving "real world" (by Rob Atkinson)


Speed 3 (10 min)

Divided by a common language: Bridging the gap between the ideal world of geoinformatics and the messy realities of geodesy (by Thomas Knudsen)


Speed 4 (10 min)

Towards creating concept systems for system domains — Reminding some IEC SRG ideas (by Alexander Samarin)


Break 1 (10 min)


Presentation 7 (20 min)

Create and Maintain glossaries for your project (by Ankita Tripathi)


Speed 5 (15 min)

Importance of shared vocabularies in deriving geographic data of varying levels of detail (by Jagadish Boodala)


Speed 6 (15 min)

Terminology for the South African Spatial Data Infrastructure (by Antony K Cooper)


Break 2 (10 min)


Moving Forward - Open discussion 2 with the participants (45 min)

Heidi Vanparys - The Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency + team


Reaction and Final Thoughts (10 min)

Peter Parslow, Chairperson-elect, ISO/TC 211


Closing (5 min)

Jan Hjelmager and Reese Plews

Organizers & Supporting Parties

ISO logo

The ISO/TC 211 Terminology Maintenance Group (TMG) is responsible for matters relating to terminology within ISO/TC 211 Geographic information/Geomatics, which includes the management, harmonization, and promotion of terminology concepts, and their relationships in ISO/TC 211 deliverables. The TMG coordinates and publishes a multi-lingual glossary of terms, see

SDFE logo

The Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency is tasked with ensuring the presence of a sound foundation of data underpinning decisions and major transitions in society. In the past, this entailed updating the topographical maps, which served as the basis for public administration in Denmark. Their role today, is to ensure that data can effectively meet the new challenges and unleash the potential of a digital society. This requires interoperable public sector data, which can be combined and used with the geographic data foundation. Consequently, the task of the Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency - as a data producer, data distributor, data partner and basic data authority - is to provide the data foundation for a digital Denmark.

Ribose logo

Ribose is an award-winning global developer of asymmetric security™ and standardization technologies trusted by industries with heightened cybersecurity needs. Ribose is a Deloitte Technology FAST 20 and Red Herring Top 100 Global company, and received the CSA APAC Enterprise Award and several Stevie® Awards for cybersecurity innovations. Ribose is the only cloud service provider (CSP) triple-assured by the Cloud Security Alliance, first to achieve certification to the highest security tiers in NIST CSF and MTCS.