October 2019
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In this Issue

Farewell from ESSO
EarthCube & Helioportal
Goldschmidt 2020 Big Data
Council of Funded Projects
Data Visualization Survey
EC In The News
Events & Opportunities

Farewell and Thank You 

A message from EarthCube Science Support Office. Read it as a blog post here.


Dear Members of the EarthCube Community, 

This October will be the EarthCube Science Support Office’s final month of operation at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, after nearly three and a half years of providing support to EarthCube. Our last day will be October 31st. ESSO will use the month to shadow and aid the successful transition to the new office - ECO (EarthCube Office), managed by the University of California, San Diego. 

In this final Community Newsletter, we at ESSO would like to congratulate the ECO team for the progress they have made so far in developing a strong future plan for EarthCube. We are committed to making the transition to ECO as smooth and orderly as possible, and are grateful for the spirit of cooperation we have received from the ECO leadership. 

The last three and a half years have been eventful and exciting for the EarthCube program. We would  like to thank the National Science Foundation for giving us the opportunity to contribute in the way that we did. As members of the ESSO team, we have had a unique opportunity to see EarthCube grow and progress from a test governance model to the operational structure you see today. 

During its period of performance, ESSO facilitated Annual Meetings; it advanced community engagement and outreach at scientific conferences through town halls and exhibits; it supported EarthCube governance via the Leadership Council and EarthCube Committees and Teams; supported a string of significant building block subawards - from P418 to the Resource Registry. Collectively, these projects improved discovery and access to geoscience data and other resources. In addition, ESSO developed a high quality promotional video for AGU TV and is safeguarding key EarthCube documents with a new DOI process, facilitated by the NCAR Library. 

Again, we at ESSO wish the ECO team much success going forward. We truly believe that the ongoing support of EarthCube is in highly skilled hands, and we are excited to see where the future will lead! Thank you to all community members, for your continued participation, and specifically, for helping us along the way. We wish you all the very best.

The ESSO Team 
(Mohan Ramamurthy, James Davies, Eric Lingerfelt, Lynne Schreiber, & Emily Villaseñor)

EarthCube Infrastructure and the Helioportal


EarthCube Participants from the Center for Computational Heliophysics are collaborating with NOAA and NASA and making big impacts with EarthCube Data Infrastructure.

Check out the video and slides from their latest presentation, where they talk about how our understanding solar flares can be affected by their database project, and what their plan is to make that happen. 

Inviting Session Proposals for ‘Big Data’ Theme at Goldschmidt 2020


The Goldschmidt Conference is the premier International meeting of geochemists annually. In 2020 the conference will include it's first ever data-related theme “New Approaches in Geochemistry: Nanoscale to Big Data”. It will be held in Honolulu in 2020 at the Hawai'i Convention Center (June 21-26).


This is a great opportunity for the EarthCube community and other geoscientists to highlight data-driven science, new computational and data analytics methodologies, and emerging cyberinfrastructure capabilities including data systems, modelling platforms, and data standards in geochemistry, petrology, and geochronology.


Session proposals should be submitted at and
workshop proposals should be submitted at,
both by October 18, 2019.

Kerstin Lehnert (Theme Co-ordinator)
Ken Rubin (Co-chair of the local organizing committee of Goldschmidt 2020)

Theme 6 Description:
The development and application of novel approaches to geochemical research commonly provides the impetus for exciting scientific discoveries. In recent years, advances in analytical and structural methods, the exponential increase of online available datasets, and the progress in computational and theoretical tools allow us to now observe and predict geochemical processes across a vast range of spatial and temporal scales in terrestrial and extra-terrestrial environments. This theme seeks to highlight the new approaches that are being utilized to understand the geological, geochemical and biological processes responsible for compositional and structural variations observed from sub-micrometer to global and planetary scales across the broad range of materials, surfaces, interfaces and defects found in the terrestrial and extra-terrestrial environments. These may have formed in experiments or have been theoretically modeled. This theme will include methods-oriented sessions, for instance, sessions focusing on new frontiers in instrumentation for the micro- to nano-scale geochemical characterization of natural or laboratory samples. Data-oriented sessions that highlight innovative data mining, data analytics, and data visualization methods that progress our understanding of geochemical processes, as well as new and emerging cyberinfrastructure capabilities including data systems, modeling platforms, and data standards for geochemistry are also a part of this theme.

EarthCube Forms of Council of Funded Projects





Calling all current and past EarthCube project participants!  

Please join our newly formed EarthCube Council of Funded Projects (ECFP) to have a more direct voice in EarthCube planning and implementation over the coming years. We expect the group to have lively discussions of  geosciences  data access, geosciences workflow support, component interoperability, standards and specifications, long-term sustainability of Geoscience cyberInfrastructure, and more.  

Read more about the new council and how to join it in a blog post here, written by the EarthCube leadership Council Chair Ken Rubin.

Data Visualization in the Geosciences Survey Request - A Message from Flyover Country

Computer technology has transformed the way we visualize our data.  As part of the activities of the Flyover Country project (, we have drafted a survey asking people in the paleosciences (broadly) to help us understand how researchers represent their data, and how we might better  represent complex spatio-temporal data in the future. As an expert, your feedback is critically important for helping to inform this discussion.

Survey link:

The survey takes approximately 20 minutes (sjg: I did it in 19!).  You will be asked fo rbackground on your specific research domain, shown some visualizations and asked whether you have used them. You will also be asked about the sources of your research data and your interaction with various Community Curated Data Resources.
We've made an effort to keep this survey as short as possible.  Twenty minutes is a significant contribution of your time, and we appreciate your time and effort.  Your collective feedback will be shared with the community to help advance the practice of visualization in the paleogeosciences.

Simon Goring - University of Wisconsin
Shane Loeffler - University of Minnesota
Rob Roth - University of Wisconsin
Flyover Country is supported by NSF Geoinformatics and the NSF EarthCube Program through awards NSF-1550913, 1550855, and 1550843.
Please contact Simon Goring with any questions or concerns:

EarthCube in the News

The EarthCube Community has been working tirelessly in its endeavor to transform the way geoscience is performed - both as a social paradigm shift as well as developing the technological capabilities to support that. We've enjoyed a lot of great press lately, so check out our new EarthCube in the News page.

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