The National Science Foundation's EarthCube project continues to gain momentum, with nearly 500 participants engaging in lively electronic discussion on the EarthCube community web site.
EarthCube is a joint effort of the NSF Geosciences Directorate and Office of Cyberinfrastructure. Its goal is to use technology and knowledge management techniques to increase the productivity and capability of researchers and educators working at the frontiers of Earth system science. (A brief overview of the project is available in this post.)
Staff from the Unidata Program Center have been actively participating as the project heads towards its next milestone: a design charrette to be held November 1-4 in Washington D.C.
EarthCube organizers put out a request for community input in the form of a white papers dealing with topics including Technology and Cyberinfrastructure Solutions, EarthCube Designs, and Governance Models. As of the October 17 deadline, more than 100 white papers had been submitted. We encourage Unidata community members to join the ongoing conversations, perhaps starting with these white papers submitted by Unidata Program Center staff:
- Unidata Governance: A Quarter Century of Experience
- Technology Solutions for Scientific Data Interoperability: Unidata's Perspective
- An EarthCube Design Process: Unidata's Perspective
- Data Interactive Publications
(In addition to these three papers, Unidata Program Center staff have contributed to or coauthored numerous papers submitted by other groups.)
If you're interested in attending the EarthCube charrette, be sure to register before Tuesday, October 25. Some portions of the charrette will be broadcast via WebEx; see the Remote Participation at the Charrette page for details.