[ESIP-all] Fwd: [open-science] Looking for Climate Data group editors!

David Arctur darctur at opengeospatial.org
Wed Dec 23 10:33:25 EST 2009

To: ESIP Federation members
To: OGC Technical Committee members

The Open Knowledge Foundation (okfn.org), Clear Climate Code (clearclimatecode.org) and the scientists at Real Climate (realclimate.org) are looking for help in maintaining an up to date list of key climate related assets. FYI, I am forwarding their request (see below).

If you would, please help us update our list (below) of key reasons to host climate-related datasets on servers that implement OGC and ISO standards. We'll be sure to publish our updated list where the climate community will see it.

Best regards,
David K Arctur
Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)
darctur at opengeospatial.org      http://www.opengeospatial.org
mobile +1.512.771.1434, office +1.512.402.1743, fax +1.815.642.8336

Reasons to publish geospatial research data on the Web using catalogs and servers that implement OGC and ISO standards:

a) Improved opportunities for cross-disciplinary and longitudinal studies.
b) Improved verifiability of results.
c) Improved Web-based data publish/search capabilities. In most cases, literature searches will be a much less efficient way to discover data than direct data searches using online catalogs that include ISO-standard metadata. For example, temperature data collected by an ornithologist may include temperature readings that would be valuable to a hydrologist studying snow pack.
d) Improved ability to re-use or repurpose data for new investigations, reducing redundant data collection, increasing the value of data and creating opportunities for value-added data enhancement.
e) Improved opportunities to collaboratively plan data collection and publishing efforts to serve multiple defined and undefined uses.
f) Improved rigor and transparency regarding data collection methods, processing methods and data semantics. The SensorML standard makes the processing chain transparent. Agreed ways of describing methods (such as data reduction) and data contribute to clarity and rigor.
g) Improved ability to discover spatial relationships. Robust data descriptions and quick access to the data will enable more rapid exploration of hypothetical relationships. 
h) Improved ability to characterize, in a standardized human-readable and machine-readable way, the parameters of sensors, sensor systems and sensor-integrated processing chains (including human interventions). This enables useful unification of many kinds of observations, including those that yield a term rather than a number.
i) Improved ability to "fuse" in-situ measurements with data from scanning sensors. This bridges the divide between unmediated raw spatial-temporal data or spatial-temporal data that is the result of a complex processing chain.
j) Improved ability to "chain" Web services for data reduction and analysis, and improved ability to introduce data into computer models that use multiple inputs from remote data stores or real-time data feeds.
k) Improved ability to efficiently encode sensor data and metadata in ISO standard form. 
j) Improved societal and institutional return on investment of research dollars, and improved ability of research funding institutions to do due diligence and policy development.
h) More efficient scientific debate and accelerated pace of scientific discovery, as automation and new institutional arrangements reduce the amount of time spent on data management, freeing researchers' time for more creative work and more communication with other scientists.

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray at okfn.org>
> Date: December 21, 2009 8:43:55 AM EST
> To: open-science <open-science at lists.okfn.org>
> Subject: [open-science] Looking for Climate Data group editors!
> Anyone interested in helping to maintain an up to date list of key
> climate related datasets?
>  http://ckan.net/group/climatedata
> This is a collaboration between the Open Knowledge Foundation
> (okfn.org), Clear Climate Code (clearclimatecode.org) and the
> scientists at Real Climate (realclimate.org).
> If you'd like to help out - please drop me a line off list!
> -- 
> Jonathan Gray
> Community Coordinator
> The Open Knowledge Foundation
> http://www.okfn.org
> _______________________________________________
> open-science mailing list
> open-science at lists.okfn.org
> http://lists.okfn.org/mailman/listinfo/open-science

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