May 2020
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In This Issue:

EarthCube Annual Meeting June 18
Help a Geoscience Educator
shareEGU20 and Data Help Desk
AGU 2020 - Update

EarthCube Annual Meeting

NSF EarthCube welcomes those interested in the intersection between cyberinfrastructure and geosciences to join the 2020 EarthCube Annual Meeting.  Though we must meet virtually this year, it’s important for the community to connect, to reflect on advances made, and to share novel approaches in geoscience research. 

Meeting objectives:

  • Touch base with the community and reflect on accomplishments.
  • Learn about important opportunities on the horizon for EarthCube.
  • Share novel approaches used in geoscience research and the new tools, techniques, and data available to others as a result.

We have partnered with AGU to offer on demand access to over 40 interactive electronic posters (with chat & demos). These posters will also be published in the Earth and Space Science Open Archive (ESSOAr). Take a sneak peak at the Poster Abstracts

New this year are 20 peer-reviewed notebooks, which highlight a tool (i.e., software, service, library, dataset, standard) and show how the tool may be used to address a significant problem in geoscience.

This year's virtual meeting is FREE. However, registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting information and password. We are taking extra security precautions to ensure your safety. Register by May 29, 2020.

Watch for more details to be posted closer to the event:

  • Community members are invited to record short videos about their current research.
  • Sign up opportunities to mentor or be mentored.

Schedule Highlights

  • On demand access to meeting content - Posters, Notebooks, and Meet the Attendees - begins on Monday, June 15th
  • A concise one-day live plenary on Thursday, June 18th
  • One bonus day for working sessions on Friday, June 19th

Find updates on the Annual Meeting webpage.

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.

shareEGU20 & Data Help Desk a Virtual Success

Meeting presentation content publicly available through May 31.

Browse recordings of shareEGU20 plenary talks and short courses.
Thank you to Data Help Desk volunteers from EarthCube and elsewhere! Interesting topics were raised, and you can revisit the asynchronous discussion by searching on Twitter for #DataHelpDesk.

Check out the videos submitted as demos and guidance (scroll to bottom of webpage).

This Data Help Desk was organized and led by our partner Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), was co-sponsored by the European Geosciences Union (EGU), American Geophysics Union (AGU), and EarthCube, and had a host of people from projects and organizations volunteer to provide advisory data services.

AGU Fall 2020 - update

Session proposals complete, abstracts invited in June

Fall Meeting 2020 of the American Geophysical Union is planned for Dec 7-11 in San Francisco. The planners remain open to a range of meeting options: the usual in-person + virtual, heavier virtual content, or 100% virtual, as necessity demands.

Session proposals are now complete, and you can see the resulting proposed sessions here. June will see the release of approved sessions and the opening of abstract submissions.

SGCI - Gateways 2020


Call for Participation - Papers, Demos, Panels by May 18

Gateways 2020 (October 19–21, Bethesda, Maryland) is now accepting submissions.

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.

  • Short Papers, Demos, and Panels: extended to May 18
  • Posters (open to all attendees): September 11
Find details in the Call for Participation:

COVID-19 UPDATE: Because the COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly, we are continuing to plan our October conference while monitoring the situation. In case we have to cancel, we will strive to offer an alternative format, and peer-reviewed, accepted submissions would still be published in the Gateways 2020 Proceedings. Questions, concerns, and suggestions may be sent to

Working from Home: Resources & Opportunitiespet water dispenser

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, Slack, etc.
RESOURCES. Many EarthCube groups already work primarily remotely. You may need additional tools for collaborating online. Here is a community document with some updated resources that may be of use to your own virtual work; it's an early draft - please feel free to add your own suggestions as comments:
COMMUNICATE. 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 discuss issues, ask questions, crowdsource answers, share opportunities, and catch up when YOU have time.
LEARN. Follow-up on the Stanford University online course on Knowledge Graphs recommended to the EarthCube community by the ECO Tech team: it's still free and open to the public, has a great roster of guest lecturers, and runs through Jun 2, 2020, Tuesdays 4:30-6:20 pm PDT Find details and recordings at: Quick intro? Try this article+video.

-Wanting to grow in another area? Check out these no-cost online university courses.

LISTEN IN. Check out csv,conf, a community conference for data makers everywhere featuring stories about data sharing and data analysis from science, journalism, government, and open source - free and online this year. May 13-14, 2020. @CSVConference is "a data conference that's not literally about CSV file format but rather what CSV represents: data interoperability, hackability, simplicity." Info & registration: Schedule & speakers: If you read this after the fact, check the site to access recordings of the sessions from this year and previous years.
PUBLISHING opportunity from CODATA: Special Issue publication in Remote Sensing in Earth Systems Science (a Springer Journal). This issue is specially dedicated to ‘Earth Observation Information Application in the West Africa Sub-region’. This is a great opportunity to have a collection of research papers on the West African sub-region. Papers from other parts of the African continent are also welcome and may also be considered. Please consider submitting your research papers for consideration. Remote Sensing in Earth Systems Sciences

SURVEY.  The Trustworthy Data Working Group invites scientific researchers and the cyberinfrastructure professionals who support them to complete a short survey about scientific data security concerns and practices. The working group is a collaborative effort of Trusted CI, NSF Big Data Innovation Hubs, NSF CI CoE Pilot, Ostrom Workshop on Data Mmgt and Info Governance, Open Storage Network, and others. The purpose of the survey is to: (1) Improve broad understanding of the range of data security concerns and practices for open science; (2) Provide input and help shape new guidance for science projects and cyberinfrastructure providers; and (3) Serve as an opportunity to consider local data security concerns during a voluntary, follow-up interview. Visit to complete the survey, and please share. Results, analysis and guidance will be published by the working group as a freely available report by the end of 2020. Visit for updates. Questions/ comments to
DEVELOP.  To improve your EarthCube tool, interactive website, or data repository, consider the Science Gateways Community Institute's resources for usability, outreach, 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.

Team Mtgs & Upcoming Events

In EarthCube Teams:
Tech/ Architecture: Mon Jun 1
Science & Engagement: Tue Jun 2

Funded Projects: Thu May 14, Jun 4
Data Facilities: Fri Jun 12
Leadership: Wed May 20, Jun 3
More listings:

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