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March 2020
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In This Issue:

EC2020 - Headlines
Funded Projects: On Building Community
EarthCube at Ocean Sciences - Recap

SGCI Usability Webinar & Opportunities
Enabling FAIR Data Webinar
NSF EarthCube Solicitation 2020
EarthCube Annual Meeting: EC2020
      -Key Dates & Deadlines
      -Call for Abstracts
      -Call for Notebooks
      -Award Nomination
Upcoming Events & Team Mtgs

EC2020 - EarthCube Annual Meeting Headlines





2020 EarthCube Annual Meeting
June 2-4, 2020 in San Diego, CA (La Jolla)
Scripps Seaside Forum
earthcube.org/EC2020


Call for Abstracts - Due March 20
EarthCube welcomes project participants, new PIs, early career researchers and scientists, and all other interested parties to submit abstracts for oral presentations, poster presentations, and working sessionsMore info  /  SUBMIT HERE

Call for Notebooks - Notebook Abstracts Due April 1, Notebooks Due May 1
As scientific studies become more data intensive and software dependent, reproducibility principles and other factors increase the importance of citable publications that include reusable workflows, software, and data-access procedures. This importance is reflected in new academic journals, such as the Journal of Open Source Software, whose peer reviewed articles highlight the software itself, and often can include executable notebooks (Jupyter , R Studio, etc.). In this spirit, EarthCube is issuing its first call for Notebooks as primary, peer-reviewed submissions to a digital proceedings for this year’s EarthCube Annual Meeting.   More info  /  SUBMIT HERE

Jump to full details later in this newsletter >

Funded Projects: On Building Community




EarthCube projects take on community building as a way to crowdsource best practices, share information and training, get input from disciplines, and find a user base for toolmaking input, feedback, adoption, and continuing development.

Projects quickly run into the challenge of building community as an essential process in their work. It's not something most scientists or software engineers were trained for, so we learn on the fly. Recently, people from several EarthCube projects shared their most useful experiences and critical lessons learned.

Learn what these projects discovered about  their communities in the EarthCube Blog

 

EarthCube at Ocean Sciences Meeting - Recap

 

OSM 2020 was held in San Diego, Feb. 16-21


EarthCube's booth presence was cooperatively located at the Data FAIR Help Desk. Collaborating with ESIP and AGU and further partners in this way appears to be increasing the impact of all entities, to the benefit of attending geoscientists. Together, we provided friendly faces at the booth and the Town Halls. Event schedule here.

The Data FAIR Help Desk and Demos were open Tues-Thurs., Feb. 18-20, 9:30 am - 6 pm during the conference.

Appreciative thanks to these EarthCube toolmakers who gave demonstrations at the booth: Argovis, Ocean Protein Portal, Planet Microbe, EarthCube Resource Registry/ GeoCODES, Data Discovery Studio, SuAVE, and CF-netCDF.

Lots of EarthCube folks stepped up to help at the Data Help Desk section of the booth, including Council of Data Facilities Members from repositories CCHDO, BCO-DMO, R2R, ESIP, PO.DAAC, and Unidata, and data expertise behind Planet Microbe, SeaView, and others. See the booth schedule here.

In OSM scientific sessions, work by and derived from several EarthCube projects was featured, including Pangeo who also offered a tutorial, Planet Microbe in several sessions, Argovis, and other efforts.

You can read more about the meeting on Twitter: @EarthCube @ESIPfed or #OSM20.
 

sciencegateways.org
SGCI - Science Gateways Community Institute - Opportunities

 


An excellent webinar on Usability Testing by Paul Parsons of Purdue University, lead Usability Consultant for SGCI, focused on clear guidance about how to recognize and fix the most common usability problems of websites, portals, and user interfaces. Find webinar videorecording plus resources on how to conduct usability testing here.

SGCI can help your NSF-funded project with no-cost consulting services to improve usability, outreach, cybersecurity, assist coding, and more - see sciencegateways.org.
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Finally, SGCI offers a 5-day Gateway Focus Week - Helping Software and Gateway Projects Get to the Next Level. We're encouraging EarthCube projects interested in Gateway Focus Week to attend as a cohort Nov. 30-Dec.4, 2020 - applications are open.
 

Enabling FAIR Data/ CDF RepositoriesFAIR data is Findable Accessible Interoperable Reusable

 

Sponsored by EarthCube Council of Data Facilities and AGU FAIR Data

Enabling FAIR Data for repositories, including requirements and criteria of funders, publishers, and science consortia, was the subject of a recent two-part webinar. Notes from presentations and links to videorecordings are available here.

Presenters included Shelley Stall, AGU Senior Director for Data Leadership; Varsha Khodiyar, Data Curation Manager, Springer Nature; Rebecca Koskela, Ronin Institute; and Rorie Edmunds, Executive Director World Data System. More details are available on the CDF webpage.
 

NSF EarthCube Solicitation 2020





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 is out. 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.

Note that this 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: https://www.earthcube.org/info/about/earthcube-governance, including consensus priorities from the community's representative leadership council.

Find all NSF Geo-CI Opportunities here:
https://www.nsf.gov/geo/geo-ci/. Presentation slides from the Jan. 27 NSF webinar on the EarthCube solicitation will also be posted here when available.
 

EarthCube Annual Meeting

 
 

Find the latest updates at earthcube.org/EC2020

EarthCube welcomes project participants, new PIs, early career researchers and scientists, and all other interested parties to the 2020 EarthCube Annual Meeting, June 2-4, 2020 in San Diego, CA (La Jolla) at the Scripps Seaside Forum. The meeting starts Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 9 AM and ends Thursday, June 4, 2020, 2 PM.

Since the first Annual Meeting (formerly known as the EarthCube All Hands Meeting) in 2014, the event has been a critical opportunity to make connections, communicate advances, and help plan the future of EarthCube.

 

Key Dates/Deadlines

March 20 - Abstract Submission Deadline
April 10 - Nominations for EarthCube Impact Award Deadline
April 13 - Draft schedule to be announced
May 8 - Hotel Booking and Early Registration Deadline
June 2-4 - EarthCube 2020

 

Call for Abstracts - Due March 20 - SUBMIT HERE

EarthCube welcomes project participants, new PIs, early career researchers and scientists, and all other interested parties to submit abstracts for oral & poster presentations, notebooks and working sessions.

Oral Presentations
The 2020 EarthCube Annual Meeting welcomes abstracts for oral presentations.Topics may include: Science Outcomes, Community Engagement, Technology Integration, and EarthCube Project Sustainability.

Poster Presentations
As with many scientific meetings and conferences, the poster sessions will be the key communication platform. Posters will be grouped thematically, and will be presented on either Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon.  The date/time of your presentation and the size of the poster display will be communicated to presenters upon acceptance. Poster presenters will have an opportunity to give a lightning talk during the Annual Meeting. The Organizing Committee members will accept only a single poster per presenter. Individuals may be a co-author on multiple posters.
In particular, we are interested in posters that:

  • Discuss science that uses or has been enabled by EarthCube;
  • Introduce science questions or projects looking to integrate EarthCube infrastructure;
  • Pair EarthCube Infrastructure with projects that use the tools;
  • Showcase educational outcomes using EarthCube Tools (notebooks, workshops, courses);
  • Are EarthCube Tools;
  • Are of Integration activities that link EarthCube Building Blocks;
  • Show results from Research Coordination Networks;
  • Science and other activities of direct relevance to EarthCube’s mission; or
  • Other posters dealing with social components of EarthCube Research or topics not covered here.

Working  Sessions
We welcome submissions for working sessions (formerly called breakout sessions). Working sessions may consist of mini hack-a-thons, do-a-thons, work-a-thons, or other kinds of sessions in which the EarthCube community is engaged to discuss particular questions, provide feedback on new technologies, or evaluate new frameworks for data policies, procedures, or workflows. The goal of working sessions are to move the community forward on particular topics of interest to the EarthCube community. In particular we are interested in working sessions (mini hack-a-thons, do-a-thons, work-a-thons). No speakers or presenters allowed.

Submission Process
All abstract submissions are due on March 20, 2020 and will be limited to 300 words in length. All abstracts are subject to review by the 2020 EarthCube Annual Meeting Organizing Committee. Notification of acceptance will be given by April 6-13, 2020. 

 

Call for Notebooks - Due April 1, 2020  SUBMIT HERE

As scientific studies become more data intensive and software dependent, reproducibility principles and other factors increase the importance of citable publications that include reusable workflows, software, and data-access procedures. This importance is reflected in new academic journals, such as the Journal of Open Source Software, whose peer reviewed articles highlight the software itself, and often can include executable notebooks (Jupyter , R Studio, etc.). In this spirit, EarthCube is issuing its first call for Notebooks as primary, peer-reviewed submissions to a digital proceedings for this year’s EarthCube Annual Meeting. Submitted notebooks should highlight a tool (i.e. software, service, library, dataset, standard), explaining—and demonstrating interactively-—how the tool may be used to address a significant problem in geoscience. Submissions should leverage tools such as Docker and mybinder as needed to fully encapsulate the highlighted tool.

To help describe non-executable portions of a workflow, members of EarthCube’s ASSET team will be present to facilitate the creation of workflow sketches. Submissions should take the form of URLs to a repository containing the notebook which will be peer reviewed by reviewers from the geoscience/ cyberinfrastructure community in terms of impact to geoscience research and overall usability.  Accepted notebooks will be included in a digital proceedings, presented orally, and published within an EarthCube notebook directory for others to discover and use.

Please submit abstract with link to notebook. DEADLINE: April 1, 2020

 

EarthCube Impact Award - Call For Nominations -- Due April 10th

The EarthCube Engagement Team is seeking nominations for the EarthCube Impact Award (previously Legacy Award). The Impact Award is a way for the community to recognize outstanding leaders who have made a significant and long term lasting influence on EarthCube. Every EarthCube member is eligible for the EarthCube Impact Award. Any EarthCube member may nominate potential candidates for the award during the open nomination period, which ends on April 10, 2020.  To nominate a candidate, please submit a nomination packet to Lynne Schreiber. Nomination details.

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Funded Projects: Thu. Mar 5
Liaison: Fri. Mar 13
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Leadership: Wed. Mar 11 & 25
 
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