July 2020
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In This Issue:

EarthCube Virtual Ann Mtg Summary
NSF Funding
Jupyter Meets the Earth
GeoCODES - Tech Team News
EarthCube Standards
ESIP Virtual Mtg & EC Scholarships

EarthCube Virtual Annual Meeting Summary

The 2020 EarthCube Virtual Annual Meeting was very well attended. Your contributions and your energy made the event.. Together, we've had:

  • 315 registrants
  • a full week of community activity
  • one full meeting day with plenary and panels
  • 42 electronic posters developed and displayed
  • many poster chats hosted and visited
  • 12 accepted peer-reviewed Jupyter notebooks launched
  • 152 new people on Slack
  • 231 public and 647 direct Slack messages for the week
  • 9,400 twitter impressions for the week
  • 6 additional working sessions across multiple projects
  • 287 views of 13 videos in 1 YouTube playlist
  • momentum for at least 3 post-meeting events

...and more importantly, these personal and community developments resulted: significant discussions were held, new connections were forged, and our broad community engaged more widely than ever.

YOU, the EarthCube Community, pulled through, in a period of global challenge and very difficult circumstances, to find new ways of sharing your work and interacting with each other. Congratulations, and thank you. Deep thanks go as well to those who helped imagine, craft, guide, innovate, lead and contribute, to produce, share, and celebrate a year and more of intensive work by this extended community, Thank you for your part in the success of this year's meeting and EarthCube's continued progress.

How can you find the EarthCube meeting outputs? Two ways:

  • Links to meeting products are on the website:
  • Download the Complete Meeting Program - - including all abstracts with links to their electronic Posters and Jupyter Notebooks - now updated with video links for Plenary, Panel, and Working Sessions (or pull down a short Notebooks-only version).

NSF Funding

Long-term opportunities in cyberinfrastructure for geosciences


During the EarthCube Virtual Annual Meeting, Dr. Eva Zanzerkia, NSF Program Director for EarthCube and related programs, delivered a clear overview of funding opportunities for geoscience and cyberinfrastructure.
The NSF talk is part of the opening plenary video (~12:30 in); view or download slides here. The presentation and discussion is succinct and dense, and offers food for thought about the direction of NSF funding, future opportunities, and potentially valuable collaborations to consider.
Look for the newest competitively awarded EarthCube projects to be announced in September.


Jupyter Meets the Earth

This EarthCube Data Capabilities project invites community input at an online meeting on Monday, July 27, 8-10 am PT. Register.

Project Jupyter is an open source platform for interactive computing and data analysis, widely used in research, education and industry. The Jupyter meets the Earth project is using research use cases in geosciences to drive technical developments within the Jupyter and Pangeo ecosystems. This project revolves around the following key goals:
  • Facilitate the discovery, integration, and effective use of the diverse sources of data in the geosciences.
  • Empower researchers to utilize modern, scalable compute resources.
  • Accelerate the process of discovery by enabling researchers to rapidly create and deploy custom interactive applications tailored to the research question at hand.
  • Make it possible to communicate scientific results in a manner that is tailored to the final consumers of research – be they other scientists, policy makers, students, or the general public.

Our technical targets include improvements in JupyterHub for interactive computing on High Performance Computing (HPC) and cloud infrastructure, the development of JupyterLab extensions for data discovery, and contributions to widgets and dashboarding solutions for researchers to easily create graphical user interfaces as well as interactive documents to share analyses with broad audiences. You can find more information about the project at

We would like to gather input for how to best serve your research needs, exploring questions such as:
  • What are current bottlenecks in your interactive computing workflow?
  • What integrations with geoscience-specific tools would be useful, or could be made better via closer ties with Jupyter infrastructure?
  • How would you like to publish and share your computational research and where can improvements be made (e.g. Binder, JupyterBook, etc.)?
  • Desktop vs local cluster vs HPC vs cloud: what is your workflow today? What do you envision it will be in 5 years?
  • Where are the pain points in working with your data on shared infrastructure (cloud or HPC)? Data discovery? Sharing data with collaborators?

Whether you are an active participant in the Pangeo community, you use Jupyter tools in your work, or are considering adopting some of these tools, we welcome your input and ideas. Register here.

[Note: This EarthCube Data Capabilities project is using an open-source approach that many EarthCube projects are interested in, and the specific issues they have posed for the session may be useful to many. They welcome the larger EarthCube community to this discussion.]

Tech Team News   

GeoCODES Developments


GeoCODES (Geoscience Cyberinfrastructure for Open Discovery in the Earth Sciences) is an NSF EarthCube program effort to better enable cross-domain discovery of and access to geoscience data and research tools. Built on a modified version of (, prototype software and tools have been developed and deployed for dataset registration and discovery (e.g. dataset text search is accessible here). Software and tools are being developed as open source software and are available through the EarthCube GitHub repository (
For registration of technical resources, towards increasing their exposure and reuse (e.g. software, specifications, service endpoints, ontologies or vocabularies), the EarthCube Resource Registry ( has an online registration form with links to documents for guidance. Anyone can use the registration form to add additional resources. As with the search interface for GeoCODES data, registration effort invested by tool creators and data managers will ultimately make it easier for users to find the right tools, data, and reusable software components for their purposes and help sustain the tool through a larger group of users.

EarthCube Standards and Specifications  

Readers might recall last month's news item on the publication of "Recommended Standards and Specifications for EarthCube Projects" (DOI: 10.6075/J0QR4VMG). Now, some of the community history of that standards development process is the subject of a blogpost by Ken Rubin at As a side note, the DOI for the standards document now links directly to its permanent home in the nascent EarthCube Collection at UCSD Libraries (

ESIP Summer Meeting - with EarthCube Scholarships!

July 14-24 Online - Apply for an EarthCube Partner Scholarship by July 10

EarthCube is excited to announce that scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2020 ESIP Summer Meeting, which will be delivered virtually July 14-24, 2020.

For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth observation data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public.  The theme will be Putting Data to Work: Building Public-Private Partnerships to Increase Resilience & Enhance the Socioeconomic Value of Data.

EarthCube is committed to creating sustainable community connections.  ESIP clusters represent a great way to sustain long-term connections in the geosciences.  We also encourage EarthCube members to learn more about ESIP and to consider proposing sessions at future ESIP meetings as a path for outreach and engagement for EarthCube projects and products.

Scholarships are open to EarthCube members. Priority with be given to active CDF, CFP or active EarthCube members. Not yet an EarthCube member? Join the EarthCube newsletter / member list.

Applications are being reviewed with rolling acceptance through July 10, 2020. Apply HERE.

FORCE11 Institute and EarthCube Scholarships

Apply today for a Scholarship to attend FSCI 2020 Virtual Event, August 3-13, 2020

EarthCube is excited to partner with the FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI) 2020 and provide scholarships to participate in the virtual event, including short courses, scheduled for August 3-13, 2020. This year’s program is centered on the theme of FAIR Data Management and Stewardship, and short courses offered (typically as 2-4 one-hour sessions) include utilization of open source tools for better data collaboration, cross-disciplinary community engagement, inclusive research activities, and more.

Learn more and submit a form here. Scholarship applications close Friday, July 10, 2020.

AGU 2020 to be Virtual + in-person

Abstract deadline July 29

AGU has decided to feature virtual on-demand and live content, global participation, over 1,000 sessions during 7-11 Dec. 2020, half-price registration, and in-person opportunities in San Francisco if conditions allow. Details are here, and abstract submission is open through 29 July 2020. Please include the term EarthCube in your abstract so all can find and connect to your work!

Election News

Thanks and Congratulations - EarthCube Leadership Council

The Leadership Council (LC) is the elected voice of the EarthCube Community, setting the strategic direction for EarthCube and making decisions critical to the success of EarthCube. We note that as of June 1, the new Chair of the Leadership Council is Mike Daniels, and we thank the prior Chair, Ken Rubin, for his able service. (Statements below have been trimmed for brevity.)

Emmanuel Njinju - LC At Large Early Career Member. Sincere thanks to Ryan Gooch, Greg Lucas, and Viacheslav Sadykov for standing in the election.

Emmanuel A. Njinju will complete his Ph.D. in Geophysics in December 2020, then start a Post-doc in Geophysics under Dr. D. Sarah Stamps at Virginia Tech Dept. of Geosciences. His research on lithosphere-asthenosphere interactions in Malawi makes use of the EarthCube project BALTO (Brokered Alignment of Long-Tail Observations).  During my graduate education and from my experience as an EarthCube Science Committee member, I have acquired ideas that are relevant to the success of EarthCube. If elected my goal is to work in close collaboration with more experienced members to contribute these new ideas to set up a successful strategic plan for EarthCube and facilitate making decisions critical to the success of EarthCube.

Emma Aronson - LC Science and Engagement Team (SET) Representative. Sincere thanks to Dan Fuka, Deborah Khider, and Bradley Spitzbart for standing in the election.

Dr. Emma Aronson is an Assoc. Professor at the Univ. of California, Riverside. Her research is focused on environmental microbiology, geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry and critical zone science.  As EarthCube ends its final chapter before something rises in its place, I think it is incredibly important that we leave tangible benefits for scientists. If I were to remain a member of the LC, I would put my years of experience with EarthCube towards supporting the development of a cloud-based platform for geoscientists to access, learn about, and use EarthCube tools. This will allow EarthCube to make an important and long-lasting impact on the scientists it serves, and would be a primary tool for engagement of the entire geoscience community.

D. Sarah Stamps - SET co-chair (non-LC position; unopposed).

Dr. D. Sarah Stamps is an Asst. Professor of Geophysics in the Virginia Tech Dept. of Geosciences. Her group, the Geodesy and Tectonophysics Laboratory, uses high- and low-latency GNSS/GPS geodesy and numerical modeling to quantify surface motions and elucidate physical processes driving those motions; her work is international.  The new EarthCube Science and Engagement Team (SET) aims to play a key role in the advancement of EarthCube resources and their successful adoption by the broader Geoscience community. Connecting the wide range of EarthCube resources to geoscientists is one of the main challenges facing the EarthCube community. My goal is to work with the SET Chairs, Team, and other EarthCube groups to engage more geoscientists such that they will adopt EarthCube resources to be part of their workflows.

New Science and Engagement Team

Governance groups in Engagement, Liaison, and Science merge

EarthCube’s start in 2013 included a Test Governance directive, unusual for an NSF program, and as the work has evolved and matured, governance is changing as well. Recently the separate Engagement, Liaison, and Science governance groups were merged into one body, the Science and Engagement Team (SET), to streamline work and strengthen efforts of joint working groups.

The SET’s role is to represent practicing geoscientists, and to help facilitate:

  • Engagement of geoscientists with EarthCube communities (e.g., by sharing information about EarthCube resources such as software, tools, and best practices),
  • Connections between science and technology communities in EarthCube, and
  • Links between broad EarthCube activities and external organizations and initiatives.

SET engages with scientists and relevant organizations to facilitate community-led advances in methodology and outcomes of geoscience research using digital tools and resources. Recent work includes development of the Community Engagement Roadmap and potential EarthCube project metrics. More on SET mission and goals can be found in the team’s Charter.
We invite you to become involved with the Science and Engagement Team: please contact joint Chair Dr. Denise Hills or attend our next monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 (1 pm PT/4 pm ET).


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. Everyone's situations, demands, needs and interests vary - consider and use as you see fit.

JULY 2020 has an abundance of valuable virtual events:

VIRTUAL MINI-SYMPOSIUM - TRUST Principles for Digital Repositories. July 7, 10 am ET. Sponsored by Research Data Alliance and others.

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE - ESRI User Conference. Registration is complementary this year. July 13-16, 2020, Virtual only. Agenda is live and searchable to find sessions of interest.

VIRTUAL TRAINING - ENVRI School. July 13-14. Cloud computing & research infrastructure, and Workflow Orchestration & Execution.

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE - ESIP Summer Meeting July 14-24. Scholarship applications due July 10. See news item.

VIRTUAL MEETING - Jupyter meets the Earth community input, July 27. See news item.

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE - PEARC. Practice and Experience in Advanced Research Computing. July 27-31, 2020. Multiple cyberinfrastructure sessions. View schedule.

Later Events with July Deadlines:

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE - FORCE11 Institute. Aug 3-13, 2020. Scholarship applications due July 10. See news item.

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE - JupyterCon Online. Oct. 5-17, 2020. Tutorials, Talks & Posters, Sprints. Deadline to submit abstracts and financial aid applications is July 20, 2020.

VIRTUAL CONFERENCE - AGU. Dec. 7-11. Abstracts due July 29, 2020 - see news item.
ONBOARD.  Following up on last month's news item about the special presentation on Onboarding as Usability + Outreach to be made by the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI) to EarthCube Funded Projects - the session was eye-opening. Check out the video! Thanks enormously to Dr. Paul Parsons and Nayiri Mullinix for sharing their time and expertise, and allowing us to widely share the resources from the event.
DEVELOP.  Consider using the professional services, free to active NSF projects, of SGCI for your platform. tool, interactive website, or data repository. Their consulting services have supported 70 clients, including at least 5 EarthCube projects. Apply for assistance, make use of online resources, or apply for Gateway Focus Week in Dec. 2020. Find the Science Gateways Community Institute at

PLAY  with some great new tools for online post-it boarding and remote collaboration! During the EarthCube annual meeting, chatting in the virtual back hallway of EarthCube Slack, Ryan McGranaghan shared his personal awesome list on GitHub of links to Data Science Tools and Resources, and the section on Tools to Improve Virtual Collaboration is especially fun - post-it boards, group drawing, network diagrams... try some out to ease your next group effort.
LEARNData Curation Primers for archiving usable code, produced by the Data Curation Network, including guidance for Geodatabase, GeoJSON, netCDF, R, Jupyter notebooks, and more.. "Really worth a read if you write scientific code for tips on making your code more robust/ reusable!"
COMMUNICATE. You're invited to collaborate in EarthCube's Slack team, Please email to join. It's a convenient way to discuss issues, ask questions, crowdsource answers, share opportunities, and catch up when YOU have time. This was very useful during the Virtual Annual Meeting, and now some EarthCube projects and group efforts are setting up active working channels in it. Consider it community workspace.
SHARE additional opportunities: please email Ouida Meier (, Tweet @EarthCube, share in Slack, or use this form. Thank you.

Team Mtgs & Upcoming Events

In EarthCube Teams:
Funded Projects: Thu Jul 2
Tech/ Architecture: Mon Jul 6
Science & Engagement: Tue Jul 7

Data Facilities: Fri Jul 10

More listings:

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