[Esip-dds] telecon notes, thoughts, action items

Anne Wilson anne.wilson at lasp.colorado.edu
Fri Aug 23 12:39:01 EDT 2013

Hi DDSers,

Thank you for a good telecon yesterday.  Some messy but somewhat 
comprehensible notes by me are available at: 
http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Telecon_08.22.13_materials.  I may be 
able to clean them up a tad.

Here are some points I took away.

Chris raised the point of scoping beyond just 'data management'.  The 
survey should address important but broad questions, such as "how much 
metadata needs to be maintained?"  Or possibly, "for resource allocation 
purposes, how should metadata fields be ranked in importance in order to 
determine what to save?".  How to phrase the question is the question. ;)

The point being that there are important broader questions than what the 
phrase 'data management' and/or 'data stewardship' might imply to some.

Though the phrase 'data scientist' is ambiguous, and to some refers to 
data analysis, here we take it to mean issues around scientific data. 
Perhaps we should make greater use of this phrase.  We felt we could 
define what we mean for our purposes by illustrating with use cases/stories.

Personally, I like the idea of creating a list of such questions and 
weaving some into the story we're trying to tell.  To facilitate that I 
made a wiki page: 
  My thought was that the page would capture use cases, from which we 
can derive questions that we think should be covered in the survey. 
Please add ideas to this page.

And, I would like to add a one or two of these examples to our EOS piece.


We need to strengthen our EOS piece by backing up or removing 
assertions.  Bob and Chris will mark where this is needed.  I would like 
to see an integration of some of the broader questions as discussed 
above.  We expect to converge on a final draft within a 1 - 2 weeks.  At 
that point we will pass it to the non writers who volunteered to review it.

We're not sure we can get this published before AGU.  Anne to inquire 
about EOS publication time frame.  Ruth - I will contact you.  Can 
anyone else shed light on the matter or point me in the right direction? 
  In an earlier telecon people mentioned other AGU contacts, who were they?

Workshop funding appears positive at the moment.  We're working with 
Moore Foundation and NSF, and with NSF's help we will approach Martha 
Maiden at NASA in the near future.

We discussed stakeholder roles that should be present at the workshop 
and so far identified:  funders, cross organizational people, private, 
academia & experts, people familiar with decadal surveys.

We agreed to hold a telecon in two weeks.  It is now on the ESIP WebEx 
schedule: Thu, 9/5, 3:00 ET.  Please let me know ASAP if the scheduling 
of that telecon is a serious problem for anyone.

Thanks for your interest and support!


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