[Esip-discovery] NSF EarthCube program

Carol Beaton Meyer carolbmeyer at esipfed.org
Wed Jul 27 20:27:45 EDT 2011


I think that is a great idea. Our recent strategic review retreat provided
some good insights for a white paper.


On 7/27/11 7:30 PM, "Lynnes, Christopher S. (GSFC-6102)"
<christopher.s.lynnes at nasa.gov> wrote:

> Thanks for that summary, Ruth.  Yes, I think we could work on a white paper
> with an emphasis on the common data infrastructure.
> Question:  Should we stick to discovery or expand it to include some of the
> concepts in the Earth Science Collaboratory?
> That is, that the common "data" infrastructure encompasses tools, services,
> workflows, analysis results...
> Or should that be a separate white paper?
> On the governance, I wonder if a separate, higher-level (i.e., ESIP Federation
> level) white paper is in order...
> On Jul 27, 2011, at 7:21 PM, Ruth Duerr wrote:
>> I attended the first of two EarthCube telecon's that NSF is holding prior to
>> the Charette described below.  Here is my summary of that telecon:
>> The EarthCube program is a very fast track data-related program the goal of
>> which is to move Earth science forward.  It is part of the
>> Cyberinfrastructure Framework for the 21st Century (CIF21).  It isn't aimed
>> at data curation per se, rather aimed at making data more available and
>> useful in an interdisciplinary sense.  The word "inter-workability" - meaning
>> that the data is available, discoverable, and usable by a broad spectrum of
>> users - was used.  There have been 6 NSF reports on this topic which they
>> advise folks to read (there is an EarthCube specific web site at
>> http://www.nsf.gov/geo/earthcube/index.jsp ).  The gist of the program seems
>> to be based on a recognition that science has moved into a new realm where
>> data is key, as is the need for multi-disciplinary interoperability.  NSF has
>> two goals for the program:
>> - develop a common data infrastructure (where they mean data access and use)
>> - develop a community governance model
>> They need these to be "inclusive, responsive, and agile."
>> This is a very fast track program.  This fall there will be a "charette(sp?)"
>> - a community meeting supporting both in person and remote participation,
>> where all the ideas everyone has had about how to move forward will be aired
>> and a few picked to move forward as Eager awards (in each of the two areas
>> above), which are $300K each to be awarded roughly 2-3 weeks after the
>> Charette.  Roughly 6 months later, sandpits will be created (proposals of
>> roughly $1-2 Million) for demonstrations of some of the Eager results, etc.;
>> thereafter (at roughly the 1.5 month mark) community agreed to approaches
>> will be selected and built - each center being roughly a $10-15 Million
>> investment in the short term.
>> In the meantime, they are requesting white papers on proposed ways forward on
>> their two goal areas.
>> I think the Discovery cluster is already working on the beginnings of some of
>> that infrastructure - the discovery piece to be exact.  I really think this
>> cluster should submit a white paper on the promise of the technologies we
>> collectively are working on along with a pitch for our governance process.
>> What do others think?  Can we pull a short white paper together?  Let me know
>> if you are interested...
>> Ruth
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> Christopher Lynnes
> Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Center, NASA/GSFC
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