EarthCube Proposals

CDS EarthCube Proposals funded

EarthCube is a cornerstone of NSF's Cyberinfrastructure for the 21st Century (CIF21) initiative, whose chief objective is to develop a nationwide, sustainable and community-based cyberinfrastructure for researchers and educators. CDS was recently awarded two proposals that will serve as building blocks for this initiative:

The first proposal, entitled "Enabling Scientific Collaboration and Discovery through Semantic Connections" or EarthCollab, will use what is known as a linked open data tool called "VIVO", which will allow information about researchers, instruments, data and publications to become digitally connected and discoverable. The connections are created through an underlying layer that links our metadata databases to other databases that are exposed on the Internet through VIVO. In the future this system could be used, for example, to automatically inform a researcher who downloads our project data about other related researchers, datasets, instruments or publications that they can tap into for further exploration. It could also be used to better capture the impact our research, data and platforms have on a much broader community than we might have initially anticipated. It is a collaborative proposal led by the NCAR/UCAR Library and with CDS, UNAVCO and the Cornell University Library as partners.

The second proposal, "Cloud-Hosted Real-time Data Services for the Geosciences" or CHORDS, is a collaborative proposal led by CDS and with the University of Michigan, University of Alabama/Huntsville, CSU and UCSD/Scripps as partners. It is a pilot project that aims to feed real-time data from geoscience observing platforms into a cloud infrastructure to make it more accessible to a broad research community. Today, most of the real-time data in EOL is fed into an established set of tools that we develop and maintain. Through CHORDS, access to real-time data from EOL and other geoscience platforms would be available in the cloud where research groups could make use of the data in ways currently not possible. Examples include real-time algorithm development, model assimilation, education and outreach, data monitoring and quality control, mission control and adaptive sampling.

Both of these proposals have two-year terms beginning on September 1, 2014. More information is available at EarthCube or via the recent AtmosNews article Making research data more traceable.


Related Publications

Community-Developed Geoscience Infrastructure
EOS | 20 May 2014

Discoveries in the geosciences are increasingly taking place across traditional disciplinary boundaries. The EarthCube program, a community-driven project supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, is developinga an information- and tool-sharing framework to bridge between disciplines and unlock the modern geosciences' tranformative potentail. [...]