NSF Earth Cube

Earth Cube

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) is developing "Earth Cube" - Towards a National DataInfrastructure for Earth System Science.   
  • NSF seeks transformative concepts and approaches to create a sustained, integrated data management infrastructure spanning the Geosciences.
  • Earth Cube comes from a new partnership between the GEO and OCI organizations in NSF.

OGC Action

 

Earth Cube White Papers (under development)

Topic

Scope

Authors

Governance

Tools, processes & mentoring to enable & manage cross-discipline, cross-sector, cross-jurisdiction, long-term, adaptive collaboration. Processes include patterns for describing complex systems, forming and managing working groups, developing compliance guidelines, and advancing the design lifecycle of relevant standards and best practices. Must make effective consideration of social, legal, and other institutional issues, including trust, uncertainty, authentication/authorization for discovery and access. Consideration of GEOSS approaches. 

Bob Chen, CIESIN
Bob Downs, CIESIN
David Arctur, OGC 

Science
Scenarios

Motivational vignettes describing data-intensive, cross-disciplinary research that illustrates the need for an open, adaptable and integrative cyberinfrastructure. These scenarios will cover a range of topics in the Geosciences and target current and anticipated future problems faced by researchers, and their support systems (research centers, libraries, data centers and archives and commercial service providers) working to address these challenges. 

Editors: Edwin Welles, Deltares and S.J.S. Khalsa, NSIDC
Bob Chen, CIESIN
Phillip Dibner, Ecosystem
Yong Liu, NCSA
Dawn Wright, Oregon St. U.
David Arctur, OGC 

Cyber-
Architecture for Science

Achieving the challenges in geoscience research requires innovation and paradigm shifts in cyberinfrastructure. Information technology must advance to meet the emerging approaches to science, e.g., Four Paradigms of science epistemology; Data-intensive systems; Multi-disciplinary collaborations to address complexity. A cyber-architecture identifies the repeatable patterns, reusable components, and open standards that provide starting point for innovative developments. 

Fred Limp, CAST
Jack Cothren, CAST
Jay Pearlman, IEEE
Phillip Dibner, Ecosystem
Gerd Heber, The HDF Group
Yong Liu, NCSA
Sven Schade, JRC
Don Sullivan, NASA
Dawn Wright, Oregon St. U
Ingo Simonis, IGSi
Craig Lee, Aerospace
Amy Apon, Clemson
George Percivall, OGC 

Data
Interactive Publications

The overall objective is simple: make it possible for authors to create online publications that enable readers to access, analyze, and display the data discussed in the publication. 

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Editor: Ben Domenico, UNIDATA
S.J.S. Khalsa, NSIDC
Gerd Heber, The HDF Group
Sven Schade, JRC
Amy Apon, Clemson
George Percivall, OGC 

Sensor
Webs

Proposed solution to advance existing NSF funded capabilities to build an Integrated Sensor Web System, supporting researches familiar with the sensor data and allowing others to discover and use sensor data beyond their original research intent. 

Editor: Liping Di
Tony Fountain, UCSD
Sameer Tilak, UCSD
Janet Fredericks, WHOI
Gerd Heber, The HDF Group
Yong Liu, NCSA
Don Sullivan, NASA
Ingo Simonis, IGSi
Scott Bainbridge, GBROOS
Sven Schade, JRC
Amy Apon, Clemson
Luis Bermudez, OGC