The Vision, Process, and Requirements for Creating EarthCube

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The Vision, Process, and Requirements
for Creating EarthCube

Presentation at Second EarthCube WebEx

Aug 22, 2011

Talking Points

Why are geosciences ready for EarthCube

What is
EarthCube
?

What to expect at the
Charrette


and how to prepare

NSF wants your input

Comment and Questions

GEOSCIENCES IS READY

Cyberinfrastructure

(CI) is part of the research fabric of
Geosciences

Geoscientists are sophisticated CI users and creators

NSF and other agencies support substantial infrastructure
and research that will form the foundation of EarthCube

Community is connected by the science and collegial
relationships

What
is EarthCube?

Goal of Earth Cube

to transform the conduct of
research in geosciences by
supporting community
-
based
cyberinfrastructure to
integrate data and
information for knowledge
management across the
Geosciences.

What Is
Knowledge Management

It is a human
-
centric context for the scientific enterprise

Elements :

Easy Use and Discovery of data and information

Ease of collaboration and training to create knowledge

Access through open architecture and
interworkability

Shared community vision/ value system

The community will strategically connect these elements
over time for the geosciences

The use of existing or emerging technologies will moderate the pace
of development


What Needs To Be Done?

Integrate data, tools and communities through
cyberinfrastructure

Establish a governance mechanism that is inclusive and
adopted by the community

Utilize current and emerging technologies to create
transparent infrastructure for the geosciences community

Modes of
Support

A
Unifying Architecture and
Technology Advances
Will Lead to
Convergence

EARTHCUBE ASSUMPTIONS

The geosciences community is ready to take on the
EarthCube challenge

Community will start self
-
organizing prior to the
EarthCube
Charrette

Current and emerging technology will help achieve the
convergence envisioned for
EarthCube

A broad range of expertise and resources must be engaged
to shape EarthCube


EARTHCUBE
TIMELINE

On
-
line Community Information: (August to November,
2011)

EarthCube Charrette: (Early November, 2011)

Post Charrette: (Mid
-
November to April, 2012)

EarthCube Ideas/Lab: (Tentatively Early May, 2012)

Prototype Development: (May to December 2013)

Fully integrated geosciences infrastructure: (2014
-
2022):


Preparing for the
Charrette

to be held

November 1
-
4, 2011


in the Washington, DC
Area

Pre
-
Charrette

contributions by the community are essential

Pre
-
Charrette

Organization

(August


September)

Second WebEx on Aug. 22

NSF seeks input from wide range of sources


Individuals, inst./org., representatives of scientific groups or
communities


Facilities and managers of CI endeavors

Industry, Federal Labs., Federal Agencies, and International
Partners

NSF will establish on
-
line resources and forums to

Gather community inputs/requirements

Facilitate partnerships and collaborations


Encourage submission of approaches to the
EarthCube

design

Pre
-
Charrette

Organization

(August


September)

NSF will facilitate input
in three areas

User Requirements

Technology Solutions

EarthCube

Design Approaches

User Requirements

Forums and questionnaire are important to understanding
user requirements and unmet needs

They test the scope and functionality of proposed approaches
to
EarthCube

Inputs received on
-
line will complement expertise
at the
Charrette

The aim is to understand what would improve your ability
to conduct research in the present and in 10 years.

Technology Solutions

Innovative CI solutions to data integration or the scientific
process

New and untested ideas as well as established CI that have
worked for communities are welcome

Solutions may come from individuals, communities,
industry, academia, international groups, and federal
agencies

Short (up to 6 pages) white papers can be submitted

EarthCube

Design

Position papers on the design and implementation of an
EarthCube

approach (no more than 10 pages)

Plans need to address:

Vision for
EarthCube


Community Based Governance model

Conceptual CI Architecture

Design and Implementation Process

Operations and Sustainability Model

Online forum will allow for comments on approaches and these
will be complemented by comments and suggestions during the
Charrette



Charrette

Process

Plenary Session provide the opportunity

to discuss user requirements

refine approaches and designs for EarthCube

develop partnerships and new collaborations

Remote participation and real
-
time comments system will
be available

Summary Session

Comments from NSF, facilitators, and participants on process

NSF provides guidance on post
-
Charrette

activities

Where discoveries begin

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