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CODATA Names Matthew Mayernik Joint Editor-in-Chief of Data Science Journal

EarthCube Office (ECO) is proud to announce that Matthew Mayernik, long-time EarthCube community member who works with Keith Maull on ECO metrics, has recently been named Joint Editor-in-Chief of the Data Science Journal - joining Mark Parsons who has been Editor-in-Chief since 2019. Beginning this month, Matt and Mark will work as co-equals to collaborate around the duties of the Editor-in-Chief. 

"I am thrilled that Matt will be joining me as Joint Editor-in-Chief," said Parsons. "I have known Matt for a decade or so, and have always admired his holistic yet precise and insightful views of the 'science of data' - Matt has been a long-time, dedicated member of the DSJ editorial board; he is responsible and productive, but more importantly, Matt is thoughtful and considered in his work." 

"I am very excited to join Mark Parsons as co-Editor in Chief of the Data Science Journal; I have long felt that the DSJ has a unique role in the data science publication landscape, with its focus on the 'data' part of data science," said Mayernik. "The journal has been instrumental in advancing the science of data broadly, including data system design and implementation, analytics and visualization, metadata and standards, and data policies; this broad view of data science is critical as data continues to grow in importance in all sectors of our societies and I look forward to working with Mark, the DSJ editorial board and staff, and CODATA to move the journal forward."

Matthew Mayernik is a Project Scientist and Research Data Services Specialist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), based in Boulder. His work is focused on research and service development related to research data curation. His professional interests include metadata practices and standards, data curation education, data citation and identity, and social and institutional aspects of research data. He is also a member of the Committee on Open Environmental Information Services (COEIS) within the American Meteorological Society. He received his Master's in Library and Information Science and Ph.D. in Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Oceanographer Uses Argo and GO-SHIP Systems to Track Ocean Temperature

According to UC San Diego Assistant Professor of Physical Oceanography Sarah Purkey, over 90 percent of the total human-caused warming in the Earth system ends up in the ocean. 

“The common misconception that global warming only impacts the atmosphere  leads many to believe the issue is not as pressing as it really is,” said Purkey. “In reality, the warming that we experience living in the troposphere is only the tip of the iceberg. Most of the heat ends up in the ocean. This warming can impact ecosystems that are essential to the absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to the ocean, dampening the ocean’s ability to take up carbon dioxide, just causing the cycle to go on and on.” 

To address this time sensitive issue, Purkey recently used National Science Foundation-funded systems Argo and GO-SHIP to study how drastically the ocean temperature is changing.

This image is only one of thousands of Argo floats deployed throughout the world that measure an array of ocean data.

Full article.


Team Meetings

Council of Data Facilities (CDF) - Friday, September 10, 12 pm (PDT)
Council of Funded Projects (CFP) - Thursday, October 2, 9:30 am (PDT)
Technology & Architecture Committee (TAC) - Monday, October 4, 11am (PDT)
Science & Engagement Team (SET) - Tuesday, October 5, 1 pm (PDT)

$100,000 Available for Governance Budgets

The EarthCube Office is pleased to announce, as part of the ECO Year 3 budget, $100,000 in 2021-2022 EarthCube funding for direct support of Governance body activities. Proposals for 2021-2022 EarthCube Governance Funding are due October 1, and details are found here.

Learn more on the EarthCube Governance page or email to join any of these groups.


Speaking Up! How Bystanders Can Change the Conversation Around Bias

September 10 (9am-12pm or 2-5pm, ET) or September 27 (2-5pm, ET). Have you ever wondered "Why didn’t I say something?" after witnessing social bias—a stereotype, a prejudice or discrimination—that happened in your everyday life? Deciding whether and how to respond to bias is complicated. Understanding what motivates us to speak up, the challenges we face when doing so, and strategies for effective responding can help bystanders to bias better evaluate their options and select effective strategies. In this web-based workshop, you will first learn about bystander reactions to social biases and how these reactions can help or hinder decisions to speak up. Building on this understanding, you will learn key strategies for speaking up that invite reflection and dialogue. This free workshop is being offered by EarthCube’s partner, the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and is part of their commitment to promote a healthy and inclusive culture. Learn more here.

Biodiversity Digitization 2021

September 22-23. Join iDigBio, Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, and GBIF for two full days highlighting the successes with biodiversity data digitization and mobilization. Details here.

Geological Society of America (GSA) Connects 2021

October 10-13. This dynamic meeting aims to provide inspiration and opportunities to advance careers in the geosciences. The meeting will include cutting-edge technical sessions, outstanding professional education, and inclusive networking opportunities that will broaden geologic knowledge and engage with connections among a diverse geoscience community. Details are here.

Gateways 2021

October 19-21.  Gateways 2021 is planned as an opportunity to influence the vision and mission of the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI), the gateways community, and the Gateways Conference series. It will offer diverse options for sharing work and networking in the community. The format includes tutorial sessions, panels, presentations in the form of lightning talks, and working sessions.

The SGCI is now accepting submissions of abstracts related to science gateways, which are end-to-end solutions with easy-to-use interfaces enabling the application of complex research infrastructures such as computing and data infrastructures, 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. Topics include, but are not limited to:
* Architectures, frameworks, and technologies for science gateways
* Science gateways sustaining productive, collaborative communities
* Support for scalability and data-driven methods in science gateways
* Improving the reproducibility of science in science gateways
* Science gateway usability, portals, workflows, and tools
* Software engineering approaches for scientific work
* Aspects of science gateways, such as security and stability
* AI and ML for science gateways
* Social research on science gateways
* Use cases and lessons learned from science gateways

All submissions are due on September 22, 2021. Read more details in the Call for Community Participation here.

PaleoHack: Paleoclimate Hackathon

October 28-29. PaloHack is a free, virtual event  organized by LinkedEarth, supported by the National Science Foundation, aiming to build capacity in the analysis of paleoclimate timeseries. PaleoHack leverages the emerging data standard Linked Paleo Data and associated software  ecosystem in Python. The event is aimed at early-career researchers, but participants of all career stages are welcome. Seats are limited to 50, with priority given to US-based participants due to funding source. Details here

SC 21: The International Conference for HPC, Networking, Storage, and Analysis

November 14-19. This year’s SC conference will take place in Saint Louis and will feature a special acknowledgement to scientists and researchers fighting COVID-19. SC21 will include papers and presentations by finalists for the Gordon Bell Special Prize for HPC-Based COVID-19 Research, in addition to the regular Gordon Bell Prize. Register here through October 15. 

AfriGEO Virtual Symposium

November 17-19. The theme, “Open Science for growing African Industries in Earth Observation”, aims to catalyze conversations leading to partnerships, sustainable economic growth and enhancing utilization of Earth Observation (EO) data in supporting economic development in Africa. The focus areas include Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, Industry (SMME) focus, EO for Health, Disaster Risk Reductions and Data and Infrastructure as a cross-cutting theme. Registration is here.

NCEAS Environmental Data Science Summit

February 8-9, 2022. As part of a new Environmental Data Science Research Coordination Network, this inaugural annual summit will take place in Santa Barbara, California. This year’s theme is “Harnessing Diversity in Environmental Data Science” and will bring together environmental data scientists to connect, learn, share and collaborate. Participants will be selected through an application process with multiple opportunities for participant funding; details here.


Resources, Training, and Events Regarding FAIR Principles

On September 28 at 9am (PDT), GO FAIR US will host a webinar on the FAIR Island Project entitled "The FAIR Island Project: Realizing Place-based, Open Science" with speakers Erin Robinson (Data Game Changers), Maria Praetzellis (University of California Curation Center), and Neil  Davies (Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station). The FAIR Island Project provides an unparalleled opportunity in a unique, controlled environment where research is coordinated through the Tetiaroa Society with an optimal data policy for open access, mandatory registration requirements for all research projects, and data management plans containing controlled vocabularies and identifiers implementing global standards wherever possible. Register here.

On October 14-15, the FAIR Digital Object (FDO) Forum 1st Community Input Meeting (CIM) 
will provide an introduction to the FAIR Digital Object approach, updates from the working groups, and progress achieved during the FDO Forum’s first year. FAIR Digital objects approach is to wrap data (or software code, a workflow, or other bit sequence) in other layers of meaning including a metadata record and a ‘master’ object wrapper, all with individual persistent identifiers. Details here.

FAIR For Research Software Working Group (FAIR4RS WG) is leading the research software community in the crucial step of agreeing how to apply the FAIR principles to research software. The FAIR4RS WG is now forming three new subgroups to address its milestones on the adoption of the FAIR4RS principles. These subgroups will function from September through December 2021 to address adoption guidelines, support, and governance. A webinar to introduce the subgroups and answer questions about them will also take place 9-10pm (UTC), September 1. Register here. This will also be recorded for viewing after the event.

We welcome requests for additional FAIR-related topics to share among the EarthCube community and beyond! Please send questions or suggestions to


National Science Foundation Opportunities and Deadlines

Cyberinfrastructure for the Geosciences - open

NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers

A new NSF-GEO opportunity for Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers (IUCRCs) includes the following priority areas for new centers: strategic minerals, climate change, sea level rise, water resources and earth-sun interactions. That said, GEO will entertain center ideas on any topic, as they are building a robust portfolio of industry-university use-inspired research centers. In a nutshell, these centers are university-based and can be single-site or multi-site. They have an industrial advisory board that pays membership fees to be members of the center. This money is used to support faculty-proposed research projects and supports the students, postdocs working on them, faculty/researcher time and research costs. Centers are not contract shops and do not do applied research. Their projects are fundamental in nature, but use-inspired and focused on helping a sector of the economy to overcome hurdles that are preventing that sector from moving forward. The intellectual property that comes from center projects belongs to the university, but is shared among all center members. Members can be companies, other government entities, non-profits or other interested parties and viable center projects must have multiple Members willing to put money in to support any given project. The NSF funding goes to support administrative costs of the center. The new Dear Colleague Letter is here

If you want to know more about the program and how it works, the solicitation is NSF 20-570. Note that there is a short preliminary proposal that will be due in early September and a preliminary proposal is required to submit a full proposal to the December target date. Preliminary proposals are very simple and idea-based and for planning purposes only, so easy to create. 
If you have questions or want to know more about the GEO IUCRC program or have any questions or ideas for a potential Center, please contact Barbara Ransom in the NSF GEO front office.

AGU Sharing Science Grants for Science Communication and Outreach

Science communication (SciComm) to wider audiences is critical for building dialogue with communities around the world, informing sound policy, and inspiring the next generation of researchers. Even over the past year, with the stress and danger of a global pandemic and the difficulties it poses to science outreach, we have seen scientists rise to the challenge, coming up with new and exciting approaches to remain engaged with broader communities, to share what they know and why it matters in a compelling and accessible way.

AGU is committed to supporting these efforts. We want to help fuel creative scicomm endeavors, and we know that often it takes just a little bit of money to launch far-reaching innovation. With that goal in mind, we will be offering grants (averaging $1,000 or less) to scientists around the world to encourage and jump-start outreach and engagement activities that will share science and its value with wider communities, from journalists to policymakers to students to members of the public. Deadline is October 11 and you can apply here.

Better Scientific Software Fellowship Program

Applications are open for the Better Scientific Software Fellowship Program, which fosters and promotes practices, processes, and tools to improve developer productivity and software sustainability of scientific codes. Fellows must be affiliated with a U.S.-based institution that can receive federal funds and will receive up to $25,000 for an activity that promotes better scientific software. Applications close September 30.

Rain Falls at Greenland Ice Summit for First Time

EarthCube-funded scientist Twila Moon was recently quoted in a Reuters piece regarding the unprecedented rain in Greenland.

"This alarming rain at the summit of Greenland is not an isolated event," said Twila Moon, deputy lead scientist with the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Along with rising floods, fires, and other extremes, it is one of many "alarm bells" signaling the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, she said.

"We really have to stay laser-focused on adapting, as well as reducing the potential for those to become truly devastating."

Read the entire Reuters story here.

Greenland image credit: Twila Moon

Observational Data vs. Experimental Data 

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between observational data and experimental data? Observational data are collected by observing or measuring a system or subject without manipulating it; experimental data are collected after one or more factors are manipulated and the results measured. For example, measurements of sand movement in regions of different wind stress would be observational data, while measurements of sand movement in wind tunnels with various wind speed settings would be experimental data. Model output are also generally considered experimental data.

For interesting Cyberinfrastructure Jargon definitions, please see the EarthCube Office CI Jargon page.


Executive Director - West Big Data Innovation Hub

The West Big Data Innovation Hub is seeking an executive director. Remote applicants from the 13 Western states served by the West Hub are encouraged to apply. Details are here.

Assistant Professor - Virginia Tech Department of Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of coastal science. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience with interdisciplinary research and teaching in the broad area of coastal science. Areas of interest include but are not limited to, novel applications of geospatial analytics and/or machine learning to coastal zone processes, coastal system evolution, geocomplexity, as well as connections to coastal policy and geohealth. Details are found here.

Postdoc for Machine Learning in Fisheries Acoustics at University of Washington

The Echospace group at the University of Washington is looking for a postdoc to conduct research at the intersection of fisheries/ocean acoustics and machine learning. The project is funded by NOAA Fisheries, with a long-range goal of developing a high-throughput echosounder data analysis pipeline to contribute to fishery stock assessment and ecosystem-based management. The UW Echospace group, based jointly at the UW Applied Physics Laboratory and eScience Institute, is a highly collaborative research group with members with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The postdoc will have opportunities to develop skills including cloud computing and software engineering as integrated components of their work within Echospace and interact with the vibrant ocean sciences and data science communities at UW and in Seattle. More information is here.

Geological Survey of Canada Postdoctoral Opportunities

3D Methods Geoscientist. The Geological Survey of Canada is seeking a qualified postdoctoral candidate, or work experience equivalent, with specialty in 3D geological topology, geoscience knowledge representation and 3D geological modelling. Two-year, extendable, research position with a focus on developing methods for integrating digital geological knowledge with 3D geological modelling and simulation platforms. Must have strong computing background with varied experience in geoscientific data and knowledge organization, theory and practice of 3D modelling, and software development. This research will be undertaken within the Canada 3D project, and in collaboration with the international Loop research project.

3D Modelling Geoscientist - The Geological Survey of Canada is seeking a qualified postdoctoral candidate, or work experience equivalent, with specialty in 3D geological modelling of regional scale stratigraphy and structures. Two-year, extendable, research position for developing regional to national-scale 3D geological models of Canadian geology. The successful applicant will function as part of a team to implement and advance innovative methods for 3D geological modelling in data-sparse and knowledge-rich environments, using 2D geoscience information from regional maps, digital elevation models and cross-section interpretations, as well as structural data from surface mapping and bore holes. Requires expert knowledge of some 3D geological modelling platforms, including Gocad-SKUA, Geomodeller, GemPy, CURE, LoopStructural, or Map2Loop. Experience with machine learning applications for integration and joint geophysical and geological inversions is a bonus. Broad knowledge of geological processes, approaches to 3D regional scale geo-mapping and advanced computational techniques for handling, analyzing and modelling of 3D geoscience data. This research will extend Canada3D priority regions through an international research and development collaboration with the international Loop research project.


Volunteer at the GSA 2021 Virtual Data Help Desk

Volunteer to be a Data Expert for the Virtual Data Help Desk at GSA 2021, to be hosted during part of GSA 2021 Connects (October 11-13). This event, which is a program of EarthCube, the GSA Geoinformatics & Data Science Division and the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), connects researchers with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain to learn about skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software open and FAIR. You can volunteer to take part in one or more of the following ways:

  1. Answer data questions (monitor Twitter feed and answer where you can)

  2. Share a recorded demo (share a brief recorded demo of a tool or resource, ideally <5 min)

  3. Share a one-pager about your tool or resource.

To volunteer, please complete this brief form, as soon as possible by Friday October 1. Note: contributions of one-pagers or recorded demos will be due by Monday October 3. Learn more about specific options for participating here.

The Data Help Desk is happening virtually after several successful virtual and in-person events at professional meetings over the last few years at the AGU Fall Meeting, the Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, the European Geosciences Union, 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! Note: you do not have to be attending the GSA Meeting to participate in this virtual event.

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