January 13, 2020
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Upcoming Committee Meetings - week of Jan. 13, 2020:

Find meeting info including Zoom links at the EarthCube Calendar.


LC Chair Election Results
NSF EarthCube Solicitation
OSM Data Help Desk

LC Chair Election Results

Congratulations to Mike Daniels, EarthCube's newest LC Chair-Elect

Sincere thanks to all of our well-qualified candidates for stepping up, and thanks to every EarthCube member who voted. Mike will begin his 2-year term as Chair on June 1, 2020.

Mike has a long history with EarthCube in both project development and as a community leader, including work as PI of CHORDS and Co-PI of EarthCollab and ASSET projects, as well as service on the Technology and Architecture Committee and as a Leadership Council At-Large Member, his current role through May 2020.

Here's a bit of Mike's vision for EarthCube.
"...EarthCube has been a bold experiment of sorts; breaking new ground by recognizing the importance of taking a portion of research funds and investing them in the tools, services and infrastructure that will be necessary to accomplish earth science in the future. In these remaining years, I believe it is crucial for EarthCube to develop and engage the science community, build out and support its architecture and promote broader adaptation and use of its funded projects. At the end of its lifetime, the legacy of EarthCube will belong to a diverse science and technical community who will use its architecture, products and services to support everyday science workflows in more simple and transparent ways. Lessons learned from EarthCube, particularly in building community, establishing an architecture and developing innovative solutions to common science/data problems, make us well-positioned to transition into NSF’s Big Idea to 'Harness Data for 21st Century Science and Engineering'."

We invite you to read Mike's full candidate Statement and NSF Biosketch.

Elections for new Committee and Team Co-Chairs will end Jan. 17, 2020. Committee members eligible to vote received an email ballot Jan. 6. Please Vote!

NSF EarthCube Solicitation

EarthCube: Developing a Community-Driven Data and Knowledge Environment for the Earth Sciences


Spread the word! We all want great proposals submitted to NSF for building out EarthCube.

A new NSF EarthCube solicitation for proposals has just been released. See details in html or pdf. Stated deadlines and target dates are listed as March 12, 2020.

Projects being accepted for consideration include:

  • Science-Enabling Data Capabilities
  • Pilots
  • Research Coordination Networks (RCNs)
  • Supplements - for science adoption or data resource adoption - to integrate NSF-funded work with EarthCube.

Save the Date: NSF GEO and CISE directorates have scheduled an informational webinar with Q&A on the EarthCube solicitation for Monday, Jan. 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm EST. The link to NSF registration for the webinar (required) will be posted at and the EarthCube calendar when released.

Friends, please note that this particular solicitation appears designed by NSF for flexibility to meet the range of EarthCube's needs and ambitions. For example, the Supplements for integrating NSF-funded work with EarthCube are open to any currently active NSF-funded effort: an opportunity to bring into EarthCube specific integratable tools, partners, and repositories valuable for geoscience advances.

Find EarthCube-generated supporting materials referenced by NSF at our website:, including consensus priorities from the community's representative leadership council.

Ocean Science Meeting - Data Help Desk


Please sign up by Jan. 17
to Advise, Demo, or both
(click to register)


There will be a Data Help Desk at the 2020 Ocean Sciences Meeting. The program, hosted by EarthCube, ESIP, AGU, along with their partners, provides researchers with opportunities to engage with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain and learn skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software open and FAIR. The Data FAIR will include Town Halls, Workshops, and the Data Help Desk staffed with experts from the Earth and space science informatics community and demos at Exhibit Hall Booth #322.


We are looking for volunteers to sign-up for shifts at the Data Help Desk. You can sign up to participate in one or both of the following ways: (1) Data Reference Desk (where volunteers answer data questions), and (2) Tool and Platform Demos (where volunteers demo tools/services/platforms, etc).


If you are interested, please indicate your availability as soon as possible (by 1/17):


This event is happening for the first time at the Ocean Sciences Meeting. The Data Help Desk has been held for several years at other professional meetings, like AGU and ESA. Don't miss this chance to help others with data-related questions and to demo your tool or platform!


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More EarthCube News...

For more EarthCube news of burning interest, please see January's Monthly Newsletter



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