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EarthCube Office News: May 2021

Register by May 28 for the Upcoming EarthCube Annual Meeting

The 2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting is FREE and will be held virtually on June 15-17; registration closes on May 28. With more than 85 abstracts submitted for review, the meeting is sure to be enlightening for those interested in the intersection between cyberinfrastructure and geosciences. This year's theme is "Networking for the Future" and a portion of the meeting will be devoted to networking opportunities. 

Details on the 2021 Annual Meeting

Remembering Dr. Peter Fox

Peter Fox (1959-2021), who was an unforgettable leader in the geoscience community and helped build the foundation of our EarthCube community, passed away on March 27, 2021. 

“Throughout his career, Peter was a tireless champion of data science and pushed the frontiers of this discipline through his early involvement in EarthCube,” said Mike Daniels, Chair of the  EarthCube Leadership Council. “He participated in the early formation of the initiative, took part in the first charrettes, contributed to numerous discussions and provided expert consulting to several EarthCube awards. As he would often say ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’ as was certainly the case for EarthCube in its early days, but Peter moved discussions forward with his usual style of bringing up perceptive and thoughtful issues and asking powerful questions.” 

Full tribute to Dr. Peter Fox is here.

EarthCube-funded Team Makes Progress with Paleobiology Project Coined eODP

For more than 50 years, research vessels have been collecting data from worldwide oceans - providing insight into both present and past ecosystems. While many repositories exist to house these data, it has proven challenging for some scientists to access pertinent information related to their specific research endeavors. 

Andrew Fraass and the international eODP team recently developed a unified database to help with this challenge. Fraass, principal investigator of EarthCube’s eODP (Extending Ocean Drilling Pursuits), has led the development of eODP, which is a collaborative repository encompassing information from multiple sources - both large and small. Read more.

PeerJ Computer Science

Daniel S. Katz and Neil Chue Hong are editing a special issue of PeerJ CS on software citation, indexing and discoverability. If you are doing any work in this area, please consider submitting to this special issue here.


AGS GeoConvergence Workshop

May 18-20, 2021.This virtual meeting, which is hosted by the American Geographical Society, is an NSF Convergence Accelerator Conference. The workshop is intended to “blue sky” the future of geospatial and location-based technology, its societal applications, and ethical implications. The conference aims to brainstorm the next major innovations and foster multidisciplinary and multisector collaborations to advance geospatial solutions and accelerate the field forward. The success of this conference should lead to a significant investment from the National Science Foundation for geospatial research and innovation. Learn more and register here.

SPE Virtual Workshop: Open Subsurface

May 18-21, 2021. This Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) virtual event will be composed of technical sessions highlighting current open-source or open-data projects as well as panel sessions exploring the various dimensions of an open ecosystem. You will learn how to start, scale and sustain open projects. There will also be discussions on the legal, business and community aspects of open projects as well as various elements of an open subsurface environment, such as software, data, publications, and education. Details and registration are here.

SGCI Gateway Focus Week (virtual)

June 14-24, 2021. Offered by the Science Gateways Community Institute (SGCI), this intensive workshop is designed for innovative research teams to work together on producing a strong sustainability plan. Participants can attend the full two-week workshop or attend sessions "a la carte". Register by June 9 and learn more here.

EarthCube Annual Meeting (virtual)

June 15-17, 2021. This year's theme is Networking for the Future and registration closes on May 28.

2021 All Paws Virtual Conference

June 21-23, 2021. Are you working with large amounts of research data? Or research data that has a high degree of complexity? Join this virtual conference for science and scholarship centered around simplifying data curation. Featured talks and tutorials will be delivered by experts in open source data management for research and include hands-on, interactive tutorials for beginners and advanced users. Read more.

QGreenland Training Workshop

Summer 2021. Ongoing workshops regarding the use of QGreenland are posted here. QGreenland is a free mapping tool to support interdisciplinary Greenland-focused research, teaching, decision making, and collaboration.

Tephra Data Standardization Workshop

TBA 2021. This dynamic virtual workshop will cover Tephra data collection and reporting recommendations, EarthChem integration - including a new tephra community portal, StraboSpot integration, and user training. For more information, please see the group’s recent paper. Contact: Steve Kuehn.

FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute

July 26-30, 2021. FSCI is designed for those interested in developing a new world of scholarly communication: researchers, librarians, publishers, university and research administration, funders, students, and postdocs. There are courses for those who know very little about current trends and technologies as well as courses for those who are interested in more advanced topics. Courses cover scholarly communication from a variety of disciplinary and regional and national perspectives. EarthCube community members may apply for a scholarship here; applications are due on May 14.


Eagle Ford Shale “Smart Mineral Mapper” Receives Static Image Award

Thousands of feet below the Earth’s surface in southern Texas, the Eagle Ford Shale (EFS) is one of the world’s largest sources of oil and was recently visualized by Princeton University researchers Catherine Peters and Julie Kim in conjunction with the EarthCube-supported Digital Rocks Visualization Challenge. Awarded first place in the Challenge’s static image category, the Princeton visualization showcased a “Smart Mineral Mapper” that used a Digital Rocks dataset of the EFS that encompassed synchrotron-based element and mineral maps. This type of  rock characterization can tell researchers about the reactivity of the surface or the nature of fluid-fluid displacement, which play a major role in subsurface applications  such as carbon-dioxide sequestration or the flow or displacement of hydrocarbon and water within. Read more about this visualization and the other awardees in this announcement.


Team Meetings

Council of Funded Projects (CFP) - Thursday, May 6, 9:30 am (PDT)
Council of Data Facilities (CDF) - Friday, May 14, 12 pm (PDT)
Science & Engagement Team (SET) - Tuesday, June 1, 1 pm (PDT)
Technology & Architecture Committee (TAC) - Monday, June 7, 11 am (PDT)

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


Call for Nominations: EarthCube Elections: May 2021

EarthCube seeks nominees for three governance roles:
•    Leadership Council At-Large Member (3 open positions)
•    Science and Engagement Team (SET) Representative to Leadership Council
•    Technology and Architecture Committee (TAC) Representative to Leadership Council

Nominations and self-nominations will be accepted prior to the election. All nominations will be evaluated by the Nominations Committee prior to being placed on the ballot. Please send nominations to Lynne Schreiber by May 10 and include a brief biographical sketch, statement of intent, and a photo.

Election dates are May 17-28, 2021, for two-year terms* (June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2023).

*The EarthCube Office (ECO) is scheduled to conclude its cooperative agreement with NSF in July 2022. At this time it is uncertain how EarthCube governance will function post-ECO. Elected members will have the option at the end of ECO to continue service on the Leadership Council or terminate governance service. Details are available here.


Seeking EarthCube Learning Community Fellows - Stipends Available!

The EarthCube Leadership Council Learning Communities Working Group is working to advance research at disciplinary boundaries, where data and tools are applied to address convergence-oriented grand challenge problems. To this end, we hope to bring diverse geoscientists together around common goals of interdisciplinary research utilizing existing data resources and tools. We are now accepting interested applicants to be EarthCube Learning Community Fellows on a rolling basis until June 1, 2021. Fellows will be selected among geoscientists developing tutorials/workflows that are at the nexus of geosciences and other disciplines of interest, or between subfields of geosciences. The goal of this call is to develop tutorials, around which we hope to grow our learning community. These tutorials should incorporate existing data sets and resources, including notebooks (i.e., Jupyter Notebook) or other programs of your choice (i.e., RStudio, GitHub webpage, ASSET tool). Selected fellows will receive support, including stipends of $1000, and be expected to work with the Working Group to develop a remote tutorial of their data analysis methods. To apply, please fill out this brief application. For more information or to suggest a fellow, please contact Dr. Emma Aronson, EarthCube Learning Communities Working Group Chair, at emmaa “at” ucr “dot” edu.


NNSFational Science Foundation Opportunities and Deadlines

Department of Energy Opportunities and Deadlines

The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $34.5 million to harness cutting-edge research tools for new scientific discoveries, including clean energy and climate solutions. Two new funding opportunities will support researchers using data science and computation-based methods—including artificial intelligence and machine learning—to tackle basic science challenges, advance clean energy technologies, improve energy efficiency, and predict extreme weather and climate patterns.

DOE’s Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) will award up to $21 million over three years for research applying data science methods, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, to basic chemical and materials science challenges—such as the discovery and development of new materials and chemical processes to harvest, store, and use energy more efficiently, while limiting emissions. For more information, visit the BES funding opportunity page.

DOE’s Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) will award an additional $13.5 million over three years for efforts to use computer-based models and networking infrastructure to help research facilities across the nation collaborate and accelerate scientific discovery. Potential applications include tools for improving energy usage, and climate and weather forecasting. For more information, visit the ASCR funding opportunities page.



Resources, Training, and Events Regarding FAIR Principles

The EarthCube FAIR (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability) Initiative page has recently been launched on the EarthCube website.

The page includes informational FAIR-related content to help geosciences researchers plan and manage data to improve machine readability of metadata and related research products (including publications, datasets, and software).  The page also features an instructional video on "Identifiers and the Scholarly Communications System"; additional video topics are “How to get a DOI for My Data”, “How to Cite Scientific Software,” and “Common Licensing Options for Data.” 

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

Front-End Software Engineering - Utah State University

Utah State University has an opening for a front-end software engineer who understands web development using component-based architecture. The selected candidate will work with a team of faculty, researchers, students, and programmers to design, develop, and maintain web applications supporting water research projects, including development of hydrologic information systems, online collaborative data sharing and water resources modeling environments, and high performance computing systems. These projects include EarthCube related projects HydroShare and ReproBench.  The applicant will have the opportunity to, and be expected to have the versatility to, work on multiple web applications, tools, and services across different projects. This will require taking new initiative and an ability to rapidly acquire and apply knowledge in an evolving software environment. Application review will begin May 1 and will continue until the position is filled.  Full description and application may be accessed here


As mentioned last month, we are pleased to announce that the GeoCODES pilot has been extended as a deployed resource to highlight what can be done for the geosciences research and education community through the adoption of standardizations around metadata. Building on the ESSO effort, the current EarthCube Office (ECO) has been diligently working to create a seamless data pipeline that allows users to discover data across the geosciences community. A sneak peak of the GeoCODES beta release is now available; please leave us your feedback via the link in the footer. Full announcement is here.

We would also like to encourage the community to take a look at recently released
 EarthCube project overview videos, which are available here. If you have an EarthCube project and would like to record a three-minute video, contact Lynne Schreiber.  

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