Note: This content will be moved soon to its permanent location in the CDI blog!
As a community of practice, the USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) can always learn from other, parallel communities. A group with similar aspirations as CDI is the NSF EarthCube community. Both groups have been meeting for roughly the same amount of time (~5 years), work to improve access, analysis, and management of scientific data, have active working groups, hold webinars, fund investigator-driven projects, strive to form scientist-technologist-data-manager partnerships, and benefit from the efforts of a mostly volunteer community. Although we operate at different scales (CDI is USGS-wide while EarthCube covers the Geosciences Directorate for NSF), we have many similar challenges, including engaging the research science community, communicating the value of our funded products, and ensuring sustainability of our resources.
EarthCube held an All Hands Meeting in Denver from 6-8 July 2016, with the theme of “EarthCube Connects.” EarthCube is now focusing on its implementation phase, "the emphasis is on connecting technologies into an interoperable "system of systems" that can serve the cyberinfrastructure needs of a diverse community of geoscientists and propel them into a new era of interdisciplinary understanding of our planet."
What are some things we can learn from EarthCube?
If you are a domain scientist,
you may benefit from the discussions and connections being made in the discipline-oriented Research Coordination Network projects (interactive storyboard - click on the graphic). (Example topics: Sediment Experiments, Paleogeoscience, Physical Samples, Coral Reefs, Oceanography and Geobiology Environmental ‘omics)
If you are in search of a technical solution or collaborators for a data access, analysis, or integration challenge,
you could browse the funded Building Block projects (click on the graphic on the left) or view the Technology and Architecture Committee space to see reports and working group activity on architecture, standards, and testbeds.
If you are a developer or proposer searching for research scientist needs,
there is the Geoscience 2020 Report, which articulates the community’s vision of EarthCube-enabled science, drawn from 24 scientist workshops, and a Use Case collection from practicing geoscientists.
If you want to see the lay of the data-organization landscape,
view the EarthCube Map of the Organizational Landscape, a project that the EarthCube Liaison Team is working to enhance with more information. (We’ll be talking about that more in a future CDI Blog post…)
Yes, there is a lot of information out there, but the CDI coordination team will be trying to convey key points and create connections that will help our own scientific data challenges. Let us hear your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org!