April 2020
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In This Issue:

EarthCube Annual Meeting
Help a Geoscience Educator
AGU 2020 Call for Session Proposals
Virtual Data Help Desk at EGU

EarthCube Annual Meeting: Abstracts due Apr 15

Very friendly reminder: All abstracts are due Wednesday, April 15. Details & Link.

Watch for updates on the Annual Meeting webpage and in the monthly EarthCube Newsletter.


Help a Geoscience Educator


Share your remote learning content with teachers!


As many educators are working hard to move their courses online in response to COVID-19, we encourage anyone in the EarthCube community who has developed remote teaching/learning materials to share them. The most helpful content is descriptions of activities or labs that do not require specialized software on the student’s end, and are fairly well developed. Fully described activities are more useful right now than tools or resources around which curriculum could be developed.
are multiple excellent online lists and repositories. If you do not know of one serving your community, SERC’s Teaching Geoscience Online has a broad focus on geosciences, covers all education levels, and has an online submission tool. AGU is also creating a curated list in its Online Learning Exchange. Regardless of the registry you prefer, please consider whether you have materials that may be helpful to others during this challenging time.

AGU Fall 2020 Call for Session Proposals

Proposals for Sessions, Workshops, Town Halls, & Innovative Sessions due Apr 23

Fall Meeting 2020 of the American Geophysical Union is planned for Dec 7-11 in San Francisco.

Regular session types up for proposal include oral, poster, and eLightning formats (browse AGU19 eLightning posters here). The new Innovative Sessions can accommodate a virtual component, or host a meeting-within-a-meeting. All details and submission links here!

Virtual Data Help Desk at EGU

Volunteer Virtually - Data Expert or Recorded Tool Demo

Volunteer to be a Data Expert for the next Virtual Data Help Desk, to be hosted during the week of EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online (May 4th-May 8th, 2020). Just like the in-person events, this Virtual Data Help Desk, which is a program of EGU, the American Geophysical Union (AGU), and the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), will connect researchers with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain to share skills and techniques that will help further research and make data and software open and FAIR.

YOU can volunteer to be a Data Expert who contributes in one or both of the following ways:
  1. Answer data questions virtually (monitor question forums, likely Twitter and Slack, and answer where you can during the week of May 4th)
  2. Share a short recorded demo of a tool or resource (existing resources are great also)
To volunteer, please complete this brief form, as soon as possible by April 15th.

The Data Help Desk is happening virtually for the first time after several successful in-person events at professional meetings over the last few years at the AGU Fall Meeting, the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, the Ocean Sciences Meeting, and more. Don't miss this chance to help others with data-related questions and to demo your tool or platform!

Questions? Please contact

Dear Colleague: NSF Convergence Accelerator


Submit ideas for future accelerator topics by Apr 30, and workshop proposals by May 18.


The Request for Information for Topics for the 2021 round of the NSF Convergence Accelerator has been posted, at the URL below.
Ideas need to be submitted by April 30, 2020 through the survey monkey link in the DCL.
Workshop proposals to flesh out ideas need to be submitted by May 18, 2020 (under $100K) 
Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on Future Topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator and Call for Future Topics Conference Proposals
Please feel free to share.
Chaitanya Baru, PhD |
Senior Science Advisor, Convergence Accelerator Office, Office of the Director, NSF

Dear Colleague: NSF Geophysical Facility


Join an online workshop Apr 23-24 to help establish a community vision!


The NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Competition of Operations and Management of an NSF-supported Geophysical Facility to Succeed the GAGE and SAGE Facilities requests written responses for a community vision of the future Geophysical Facility by June 1st. 

A virtual workshop is being held April 23-24 between 1-5 pm ET each day to bring together Early Career Investigators (ECIs) invested in the capabilities of the future Geophysical Facility. Topics addressed will include instrumentation, data services, and education and community engagement. The end goal of the workshop is to develop a White Paper that defines an ECI community vision for the future NSF Geophysical Facility
If you are interested, please fill out this Google Survey Application as space may be limited via Zoom. We highly encourage graduate students (at all career stages), postdoctoral researchers, and early career researchers and faculty to participate.
- D. Sarah Stamps ( VA Tech) & Heather A. Ford ( UC Riverside)

SGCI - Gateways 2020


Call for Participation

Gateways 2020 (October 19–21, Bethesda, Maryland) is now accepting submissions of short papers, demos, panels, tutorials, and workshops on the topic of gateways for science, engineering, or other disciplines.

What’s a gateway? Gateways are user-friendly interfaces to computing, data, instruments, and other domain-specific resources to support research and education. They may also be known as portals, virtual research environments, eScience, virtual labs, eResearch, digital repositories, or research cyberinfrastructure.
The first deadline is April 28. Find other deadlines and read more details in the Call for Participation:

Want to know how your team can benefit from an SGCI conference? Check out this blog post summarizing Gateways 2019:

Working from Home: Resources & Opportunities

With the necessary acceleration in working from home during the pandemic, we're featuring remote opportunities for growth, learning, skill building, and collaboration in cyberinfrastructure and geosciences. We recognize that everyone's situations, demands on time, and other needs and interests will vary. Consider and use as you see fit. Please share additional opportunities with EarthCube: send to Ouida Meier ( to share via newsletter, Twitter, etc.
Many EarthCube groups already work primarily remotely. You may need additional tools for collaborating online. Here are free tools with federal-compatible Terms of Service. More tools are in this EarthCube Resources guide assembled by the EarthCube Science Committee.
Attention Slackists! EarthCube members are invited to converse in a renewed Slack team, Please email us if you'd like to join. It's a convenient way to ask questions, crowdsource answers, hold relevant discussion, and read content when YOU have time.
The EarthCube tech team highly recommends this Stanford University online course on Knowledge Graphs to the EarthCube community. It's free and open to the public, has an amazing list of guest lecturers, and runs on Tuesdays 4:30-6:20 pm PDT, Mar 31 - Jun 2, 2020. Details: Want a quick intro? Try this article+video.

- Sharpening in another area? Check out these no-cost online university courses.
The current Research Data Alliance plenary had to quickly pivot to a virtual format, and we've been highlighting some of their sessions on Twitter. There are a few days of great content still ahead. Sessions run through Apr 9, and a full schedule of events is here. Membership and sessions are free; you will need to register to attend.

Theme: Building the social and technical bridges to enable open sharing and re-use of data.
For the grad students, postdocs, and early career investigators who deserve our support and contribute so much, here are funding opportunities (thanks to Denis Wirtz, Johns Hopkins): _____
To improve or promote your EarthCube tool, don't forget about the Science Gateways Community Institute's resources for usability, marketing, and more. SGCI's consulting engagements are free for active NSF projects, and are accomplished remotely. Submit an application for assistance, make use of their online resources, or apply for a Gateway Focus Week.
Share more remote opportunities with the EarthCube community - and thanks in advance. Please stay in touch during these challenging times - we're thinking of you. Be well.

Upcoming Events

In EarthCube Teams:
Science: Tue. Apr 7
Engagement: Tue. Apr 7
Funded Projects: Thu. Apr 9
Liaison: Fri. Apr 10
Data Facilities: Fri. Apr 10
Leadership: Wed. Apr 8 & 22
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