August 2020
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In This Issue:

Stephanie Hagstrom - Exec Dir
Mike Daniels - LC Chair
EarthCube at FSCI Aug 3-13
GSA 2020 Connects Online
Jupyter Meets the Earth Forum

Stephanie Hagstrom - Executive Director


EarthCube Appoints Stephanie Hagstrom New Executive Director

The National Science Foundation funded EarthCube Office announced that it has appointed Stephanie Hagstrom as its Executive Director, effective July 2020. With over 25 years of experience managing multiple organizations within commercial, non-profit, and academic institutions, she will be managing EarthCube’s efforts to create a well-connected environment that openly shares data and knowledge.

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Mike Daniels - LC Chair


NCAR's Mike Daniels Launches Two New Initiatives as Newly Elected EarthCube Leadership Council Chair

Mike Daniels, a long-time National Science Foundation (NSF) EarthCube and Leadership Council member, was recently elected to chair the Leadership Council from June 2020 to May 2022.  He will soon launch two working groups based on Leadership Council priorities: a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) taskforce as well as a “Learning Communities” working group that will suggest ways to develop capacity and strengthen connections among earth science researchers and technical experts.

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EarthCube in Support of FORCE11's FSCI


EarthCube awards scholarships to attend FSCI 2020 - FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute August 3-13

EarthCube has been proud to partner with the FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute and provide 14 scholarships to FSCI 2020, including short course costs, to participate in the virtual event.

While course enrollment is now closed, all FSCI plenary events and community sessions are open, with registration available any time during the Institute. This year’s program is centered on the theme of FAIR Data Management and Stewardship.

GSA 2020 Connects Online


Abstracts due August 4, 2020

The Geological Society of America's conference will be held virtually this year, Oct. 26-30. The EarthCube Office will be looking for ways to help support and feature projects and demos for the community in outreach.

Let us know if you're presenting! If you submit an abstract to GSA or to other conferences, please remember to include "EarthCube" in your abstract for discoverability. When you prepare your presentations, please include an EarthCube logo, an NSF logo, and for funded projects, your NSF award number(s) as well. Thanks!

Jupyter Meets the Earth

This EarthCube Data Capabilities project held a Community Forum on July 27

In a post-EarthCube Annual Meeting working event with over 100 registrants, Jupyter meets the Earth organizers and community members presented work in interactive computational science covering a wide range of uses and geoscience domains, then gathered input on research challenges.

Video of the 2-hour community forum is on the EarthCube YouTube channel. The project has also shared its presentations, and you can read some of the group discussion in the slack channel for the event. Learn more about the project at

ESIP Virtual Meeting Wrap-Up

Join the Highlights Webinar on Thursday, August 13 at 3pm ET

EarthCube was proud to fund 25 scholarships for the 2020 ESIP Summer Meeting, held virtually July 14-24, 2020. Join the ESIP Highlights webinar on August 13 for fast-paced report outs on many of the sessions. The webinar will be shared on YouTube along with other meeting videos.

The best place to access meeting content is, where presentations and recordings remain open and linked. There is also a small but growing set of meeting posters in figshare. It was a chance to discuss driving issues that many EarthCube members who attended deeply care about, and also featured some EarthCube projects directly, such as X-DOMES' role in documenting environmental sensing, and EarthCube technical progress.

Long-Term: EarthCube is committed to creating sustainable community connections, and ESIP clusters are a great way to sustain long-term connections in the geosciences. Consider proposing sessions at future ESIP meetings as outreach and engagement for EarthCube projects and products.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion


EarthCube Leadership Council forms Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group

Recent events have prompted the EarthCube Leadership Council and the EarthCube Office to take steps as a community to better address diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the geosciences. We feel we have a unique role as a community in our approach to DEI and seek to be a welcoming place for open discussions, education and support within our community. Ultimately, we seek to increase diversity in our community and to create a culture that provides equitable treatment of all community members. Therefore, the EarthCube Leadership Council will establish a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working group.

The EarthCube DEI Working Group supports and advocates for the vision and values dedicated to equity, diversity, and inclusion of EarthCube Community members. It is charged to:
-  Examine current practices within our community to ensure that DEI concerns are being fairly addressed
-  Provide a series of educational activities relating to DEI that are open to all community members
Recommend steps to elevate and become responsive to systemically marginalized voices within the EarthCube community
-  Ensure that our products, tools and services are accessible and have no barriers to our diverse geoscience community
-  Create a safe venue to report concerns about DEI within our community.

We will strive to create a working group membership that is representative of the demographics of the EarthCube community. The DEI Working Group is a recommending body and shall serve to advise the Leadership Council and EarthCube Office on equity, diversity, and inclusion goals, strategies, plans, policy, and projects.

Working from Home: Resources & Opportunities

With so many working from home during the pandemic, we're featuring remote opportunities for growth, learning, skill building, and collaboration. Consider and use as you see fit.
TRY OUT a new tool - perhaps Miro, a free virtual whiteboarding favorite from Ryan McGranaghan's list of Tools to Improve Virtual Collaboration, to use with teams as collective thinking space. 
PARTICIPATE. So many virtual opportunities - check out Broader Events below. A few deadlines: More events: AWS re:Invent | Supercomputing | ACM SIGSPATIAL | EDUCAUSE | Trusted CI.
SAVE THE DATE for the EarthCube Sparrow Workshop: Geochronology Frontier at the Laboratory-Cyberinformatics Interface, Oct. 21-23, 2020 (virtual), immediately preceding GSA 2020. "Our goal is to bring together 40+ scientists from geochronology laboratories and end-user communities to gain information on Sparrow, provide feedback on its approach and sustainability, and get up and running with a basic instance." Read more.
DEVELOP.  The Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) offers training and professional services, at no cost to active NSF projects, for platforms, tools, and web interfaces. Their consulting services have supported 70 clients, including EarthCube projects, and their trainings, webinars, and conferences serve many more. Request their services, use online resources, plan to attend Gateways 2020 online, or apply for Gateway Focus Week.

COMMUNICATE. You're invited to collaborate in EarthCube Slack at - email to join, then comment and catch up when YOU have time. Some EarthCube efforts have set up active project channels here. Consider it community workspace. If you have information to share more widely, please consider offering a guest blogpost - just email us.
PLEASE share additional opportunities you hear about with the community - just email us, Tweet @EarthCube, share in Slack, or use this form. Thank you!

Team Mtgs & Upcoming Events

EarthCube Team Calls:
Tech/ Architecture: Mon Aug 3
Science & Engagem't: Tue Aug 4
Funded Projects: Thu Aug 6
Data Facilities: Fri Aug 14

Join teams via their group email.
More listings:
[v]: broader event is virtual

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