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EarthCube Office News: April 2021

2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting Scheduled for June 15-17 (virtual)

Theme: Networking for the Future

EarthCube welcomes those interested in the intersection between cyberinfrastructure and geosciences to join the 2021 EarthCube Annual Meeting to be held virtually on June 15-17, 2021. This year’s meeting will devote a portion of the meeting to networking opportunities. 

Call For Notebooks, Posters and Working sessions - due on April 15, 2021
EarthCube welcomes project participants, new PIs, early career researchers and scientists, and all other interested parties to submit abstracts for:
- notebooks
- posters
- working sessions

Student Funding and Educational Opportunity
Ten to fifteen awards of up to $2,000 each that target the development of  Python 3 notebooks that follow an EarthCube TAC template and leverage EarthCube projects (e.g., for research projects, for educational activities, and more broadly to illustrate tool capabilities will be available to students).

Details on the 2021 Annual Meeting

EarthCube Office Shines During National Science Foundation Mid-Term Review 

The EarthCube Office (ECO) recently underwent a mid-term management review, a milestone in its three-year cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation to serve the EarthCube community. The review panel examined the performance of the Office in its primary goals of facilitating governance, driving data discovery and access - principally through GeoCODES - and enhancing science engagement. There are several core values for sound management that underpin the expectations for ECO performance, and these were also assessed as part of Office execution and planning; these include transparency, responsiveness, community leadership, inclusiveness, effectiveness and efficiency, accountability, and sustainability. 

Community members interested in joining the sustainability conversations will have several opportunities to do so, and these will be highlighted in next month's newsletter. Please save the date for the upcoming annual meeting (June 15-17) where we will also have facilitated brainstorming sessions on sustainability. 

Details regarding the review are found here


EarthCube’s Latest Version of GeoCODES Encompasses “One-Stop” Geosciences Portal

Established in 2018 by the EarthCube Science Support Office (ESSO) at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) through the pilot work on efforts to better enable cross-domain discovery of and access to geoscience data and research tools, 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.

EarthCube-funded Astrophysicists Use AI for Ten Year Study Regarding our Sun: Recently Published Study Provides Insight to Solar Corona Holes

Alexander Kosovichev, a physics professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), in collaboration with Egor Illarionov of Moscow University and Andrey Tlatov of the Kislovodsk Solar Station, has published results of their most recent EarthCube-funded solar corona research in The Astrophysical Journal.

Entitled "Machine-learning Approach to Identification of Coronal Holes in Solar Disk Images and Synoptic Maps", the study examined and analyzed solar synoptic maps for 2010 through 2020. Because these specialized maps encompassed a daily view at a specific time, for ten years, the calculations were completed using machine learning. An emerging area of artificial intelligence, the researchers’ machine learning approach included an array of algorithms to efficiently analyze the collected data.
Credit: E. Illarionov, Moscow University

Read full article.

NSIDC hosts first-of-its-kind mapping tool to make Greenland exploration accessible to all

QGreenland, an open-source mapping tool that aids in the discovery and teaching about Greenland, is now available from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and its partners. This free geographic information systems (GIS) tool allows for the exploration of data on Greenland’s ocean, land, ice sheet, biology, communities and more, and can be used by a diverse range of users to examine the data available about Greenland’s landscape, ecosystem and communities. QGreenland is the first GIS data-viewing tool of its kind to focus on Greenland.

EarthCube Project Videos Now Available on YouTube

Meet an EarthCube project…in just three minutes! At a recent Council of Funded Projects meeting, many EarthCube projects recorded a brief video overview of goals and activities. The videos are available here. If you have an EarthCube project and would like to record a three-minute video, contact Lynne Schreiber.


GO FAIR US Webinar: “FAIR on the Ground”

April 1, 2021 (9am, PDT). Current FAIR efforts and fundamental challenges for FAIR implementation at the Common Fund Data Ecosystem and the NIH will be discussed by Dr. Amanda Charbonneau (Project Manager for the Common Fund Data Ecosystem at UC Davis): “Operationalizing FAIR at the Common Fund” and Dr. Laura Biven (Data Science Technical Lead, Office of Data Science Strategy, NIH): “Toward a Modern and FAIR Biomedical Data Ecosystem”. Please register here.


Indigenous Data Sovereignty Webinar

April 7, 2021 (12-1pm PDT). The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis will present a webinar on Indigenous Data Sovereignty: How Scientists and Researchers can Empower Data Governance by Dr. Lydia Jennings (Department of Environmental Sciences, Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance, University of Arizona). This webinar is part of a series on Advancing Ecology and Environmental Data Science for a More Just and Equitable Future. Details are here.


AGU Data Citation Community of Practice Workshop

April 8, 2021 (3pm PDT). The data citation community of practice in the Earth, space, and environmental sciences (and related sciences) builds on discussions at the AGU Fall Meeting Data FAIR Town hall last December. It is intended to work on the issues still existing with data citations. This workshop explores/tackles the challenge of citing a large number of datasets such that credit for individual datasets works properly. Discussion will include the concept of a Data Collection and the infrastructure/guidance still needed to fully implement, so it is easier for researchers to use. Co-organizers: Caroline Coward, NASA JPL; Deb Agarwal, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Shelley Stall - AGU Sr. Director for Data Leadership. Register here.


EarthCube Learning Communities Training on GeoCODES for Scientists

April 16, 2021. The EarthCube Leadership Council Learning Communities Working Group invites participants to our kick-off GeoCODES training event April 16 at 11AM (PDT) / 2PM (EDT). This first training event will focus on two main topics: announcing the EarthCube Learning Community Fellows program, and introducing GeoCODES, a recently updated EarthCube platform for discovery of geoscience data and tools. During the kick-off, we will demonstrate how GeoCODES content can be accessed via a Web interface and in Jupyter notebooks. Register here.


2021 ESIP Summer Meeting: Call for Sessions

April 16, 2021. The session proposal portal for the 2021 Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) Summer Meeting (July 19th-23rd, online) is open now through April 16. For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth observation data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and the public. See, for example, topics and speakers from the 2021 ESIP Winter Meeting. We especially welcome session proposals related to ESIP's 2021 theme: Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers. ESIP has been investing in learning new methods of engaging participants during virtual meetings and will again support session organizers with session design workshops, consultations, and optional one-to-one support provided by our consultants: Charley Haley and Fisher Qua. Learn more about the process and timeline and submit a proposal by April 16 here. Questions? Send them to


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.


EarthCube Annual Meeting

June 15-17, 2021. This year's theme is Networking for the Future and details are above.


Workshop Supporting Early Career Geoscience Faculty

July 25-29, 2021. Join a multi-day workshop in a stimulating and resource-rich environment where you will participate in sessions on topics including effective teaching strategies, course design, establishing a research program in a new setting, working with research students, balancing professional and personal responsibilities, and time management. The Early Career Geoscience Faculty workshop is for faculty in their first three years of a tenure-track or equivalent position. Learn more and apply by March 26, 2021.


Team Meetings

Technology & Architecture Committee (TAC) - Monday, April 5, 11 am (PST)
Science & Engagement Team (SET) - Tuesday, April 6, 1 pm (PST)
Council of Funded Projects (CFP) - Thursday, April 1, 9:30 am (PST)
Council of Data Facilities (CDF) - Friday, April 9, 12 pm (PST)

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


Seeking Input on Community Participation Guidelines

The EarthCube Community Participation Guidelines (CPG) were drafted to outline acceptable and expected behaviors for participants in EarthCube projects, events, and spaces, and incorporate principles of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI). We request community comment on the draft CPG prior to full adoption. Comments are due by April 5, 2021.


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 3, 2021 and include:
•    a brief biographical sketch
•    statement of intent
•    photo

Election dates are May 17-28, 2021.
These are 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 May 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


AGU Travel Fellowship Opportunity

The Bruno Martinelli Travel Fellowship helps Latin American and Caribbean early career scientists and graduate students who are actively involved in volcano research or monitoring expand their personal and professional networks. The fellowship provides travel support for the recipient to participate in and present a paper on a volcano-related topic at an international conference or workshop. Participation and research presentation can be done virtually. Deadline is April 15 and details are found here.

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.



Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) SIGHPC 

Nominations are now open for ACM SIGHPC’s international program of graduate fellowships ($15,000 per year) in computational and data science. The goal of this program is to increase the diversity of students pursuing graduate degrees in data science and computational science, including women as well as students from racial/ethnic backgrounds that have not traditionally participated in the computing field. The program supports students pursuing degrees at institutions anywhere in the world.

Interested faculty advisors and students can find more information on the fellowships, including a description of the online nomination process here. Nominations close April 30. Contact with questions.

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