2017 EarthCube Elections
EarthCube thanks the nominees below for volunteering to stand for election to serve in several key leadership roles while EarthCube moves into the implementation phase.
- Chair of the Liaison Team—serving June 19, 2017 to May 31, 2019
- At-Large Leadership Council members (two will be elected)—serving June 19, 2017 to May 31, 2019
More information can be found here: Elections Fact Sheet
A link to the online ballot will be sent to EarthCube.org members on Monday, May 22, 2017. If you are involved with EarthCube but do not have an account on EarthCube.org, register for an account here and we will forward you a ballot.
I am interested in joining the EarthCube leadership council because I believe strongly its mission, and I believe my interdisciplinary background makes me an excellent candidate for the position. In this, still nascent in the big picture, era of big-data and massive computing capacity, some of the larger challenges facing Earth science today revolve around the discovery and integration of datasets, models, and analytical techniques, particularly across disciplines. My own background started in more traditional “hard-rock” geology, and has since spanned geomorphology, hydrology, atmospheric science, and the cryosphere. I have integrated remotely sensed products, written my own atmospheric model, analyzed petabyte scale datasets, and I have built and operated new instruments, ranging from a terrestrial laser scanner to low-power Arduino-based systems. Complimenting my Earth Science background, I have a degree in computer science. This means that I have a strong fundamental understanding of the cyber-infrastructure challenges facing EarthCube and a broad perspective on possible solutions.
I would like to see EarthCube broaden its reach by making stronger connections to those outside of its current community. While many of the tools developed through EarthCube are tremendously valuable, they may not see the uptake they could simply because entrenched workflows are hard to change, and communities may not be aware of the resources available. I believe that strengthening connections to other programs, e.g. NASA’s AIST, can serve as a starting point to expand the community, and connecting with underrepresented disciplines, e.g. atmospheric science, will benefit EarthCube’s mission.
I have been an avid advocate for the NSF’s EarthCube program since its inception in 2011. I saw EarthCube as a pathway to address the critical bottlenecks of modern geosciences, which I identified as 1) scientific reproducibility and benchmarking through workflow sharing, 2) interdisciplinary communication, 3) integration of data and models, and 4) data and software management. The tools that have since been developed through EarthCube are all highly valuable technical capabilities that address these issues. Yet most of them have not yet made their way into the everyday workflow of a scientist. To make that shift, stronger integration and plug-and-play compatibility are required. Six years into the program, we’re at a crossroads. It could turn into another program that develops multiple useful capabilities, each appealing to a certain segment of the community. Or we could get organized and change the paradigm of doing science, as we had all hoped when the program was initiated. If elected, I hope to bring my experience to the table to help make it happen.
I am a geophysicist and code developer, working on data processing, archiving and inversion and on sun-to-Earth modeling projects. I served on the Technology and Architecture Committee since 2014, and as a co-PI of the Earth System Bridge building block project. Now a government employee, I am free from any potential conflicts of interest related to NSF funds. My vision for EarthCube is concisely summarized in a 2014 EOS publication “Science and Cyberinfrastructure: the Chicken and Egg problem” doi: 10.1002/2014EO490006
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University and was previously an Advanced Study Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). I am very enthusiastic about the prospect of joining the EarthCube Leadership Council because the community-driven effort to “develop cyberinfrastructure to improve access, sharing, visualization, and analysis of all forms of geosciences data and related resources” is a very important goal in advancing our holistic understanding of the complex Earth system. My own research focuses on the understanding and characterization of precipitating systems on a global scale from satellite radar observations and mesoscale models, so an integrated approach to the access, data visualization, sharing, and analysis is important in my own research. If elected to the EarthCube Leadership Council, I will strive to represent the broad geosciences and EarthCube communities in the continued development of a strategic direction and help make important decisions for EarthCube as the project moves into its implementation phase. I hope to have the opportunity to serve the EarthCube community on the Leadership Council to help facilitate communication and the exchange of ideas between the EarthCube community, the Leadership Council, and the National Science Foundation.
Advancing the stature and significance of open-source resources in academia is necessary for junior faculty and students to conduct transformative research enabled by modern cyberinfrastructure in this era of open knowledge. I believe EarthCube plays a critical role in championing the architectural capabilities for geoscience research. Therefore, as an active member of the EarthCube community (Science Committee, AIP Tiger Team member, 2017 EarthCube All-Hands organizing committee) and an assistant professor of geophysics in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech, I am qualified to represent pre-tenured academics, particularly those in a traditional geoscience department. Further, the work of my Geodesy Group shows we are experienced in EarthCube cyberinfrastructure and compatible data products. We are currently funded by the NSF programs GeoPRISMS and EarthCube to produce publicly accessible datasets, models, and community software.
It is my aim to serve on the EarthCube Leadership Council as (1) a communications bridge between incumbents of traditional geoscience departments and EarthCube technologists, (2) an advocate for geoscientists within and outside of the EarthCube community, and (3) an example junior scientist producing and utilizing EarthCube cyberinfrastructure and/or compatible resources (i.e. data, software, data products, models, model products, and cyberinfrastructure).
I am honored to be considered a new member of the EarthCube Leadership Council. If chosen I will continue my commitment to advancing the prominence of EarthCube in the academic community.
For more than a decade, the data and informatics community has been my anchor to days past challenging myself to write tight code that ran efficiently and puzzling over differences in runtime libraries. However, my interactions with this community were more than just an exercise in assuaging my nostalgia. It was my professional charge to engage partners along the entire value-chain of transforming observation data into information for science, education, and resource management. The informatics community plays a key role by enabling that value-chain through discovery, accessibility, and collaboration technologies. In traversing the fabric that weaves together the informatics, science domain, and other end-user communities, it was hard to miss a persistent undercurrent: how should resources be allocated between applications and basic discovery science, the latter which includes EarthCube projects and its intended beneficiaries in the respective science domains?
As a professional with extensive experience at the nexus of science, technology, and policy, I offer that enabling and elucidating connections between NSF-funded basic discovery science and technology to demonstrable societal benefits has never been more important in the contemporary socio-political landscape. There is only that much that any one of us can do to foster changes within this highly complex landscape, bound by long-standing professional, disciplinary, and institutional norms as we all are, but that does not obviate the need to constantly look ahead and assess how we should navigate. That is what I hope to offer the EarthCube community.
To the EarthCube community, I accepted the nomination to stand for Leadership Council. I fully stand behind EarthCube’s mission and vision regarding most effectively enabling scientists to carry out their research through community envisioned; common advanced cyberinfrastructure, open science, and interdisciplinary action and training.
I am currently working towards these in a number of projects. Particularly I am most actively involved in; (1) developing a global conversation regarding standard data methodologies for science small Unmanned Ariel Systems (sUAS) so as to ensure sUAS captured data is ultimately FAIR1 (these efforts are carried out as co-chair of the ESIP2 and RDA3 sUAS groups), (2) developing concise training paired with hackathon activities to equip Polar Scientists to use High Performance and Distributed Computing Resources, (3) building on the open hobbyist sUAS tool stack to enable its easy use by the Scientific community, and (4) working with Science Faculty within my own institution to build the infrastructure and training tools needed to sustainably and more easily operate under open science principles.
Due to my origins (trained in South Africa) and EU based collaborators I believe I could contribute perspectives from outside of the US. Ultimately collaborations with our counterparts elsewhere benefits all of us through greater interoperability and more rapid development of needed tools. As an early career member I would hope that I would also contribute additional perspectives to more mature members in a multi-generational domain.
2 Earth Science Information Partners Federation
3 Research Data Alliance
Since the founding of EarthCube and the first Charrette, I have been involved in this very important and dynamic NSF program. The geoscience and cyberinfrastructure foundations of EarthCube are very much what I have been involved in during my entire career. I have often referred to the integration and interoperability of domain sciences with data science and technology as being keys to successful interactions and solutions. The Liaison Team will continue to be an integral part of EarthCube in establishing partnerships with many different types of entities, nationally and internationally. Serving on the Liaison Team for several years has provided insight into the activities currently underway as well as many being discussed for the future. As EarthCube moves into the next phase, partnerships and discussions of the interactions that can be valuable to the near term and long term success and viability of the program will require the Liaison Team to work with other groups and committees within the EarthCube governance and infrastructure, as well as increasing emphasis on contributions and connections with external groups.
The Roles and Responsibilities of the Liaison Team Chair are rather daunting but it would be an honor to serve in that capacity if selected and I appreciate being recommended as a candidate for this position. I have worked for many years with national and international groups and projects with some similarities to EarthCube and continue to be enthusiastic and optimistic about what can be accomplished.
I am pleased and honored to have been nominated by the EarthCube Nominations Committee to join the EarthCube Leadership Council as Chair of the Liaison Team. If elected by the EarthCube community, I plan to continue the good work of that committee in identifying and establishing formal relationships with a wide variety of organizations both within EarthCube and outside that would be interested in partnering to further the development of existing and future cyberinfrastructure initiatives in support of open and efficient science production and communication.
Throughout my working life, I have been engaged in many aspects of the research lifecycle from data creation to data management, scholarly publication, and data preservation. My experience with a range of data creation, maintenance and service organizations has given me a broad background and breadth of experience in listening to, gaining an understanding of, and fostering the development and maintenance of collaborative communities of data creators, and the data professionals who support them.
I have always enjoyed working with communities and projects that are in the early stages of development, especially those with the promise of the EarthCube community. My specific interests center around the use of data science techniques and methods that support the research lifecycle, data management training and education, data standards and semantic tool development, and science communication. I look forward to helping the EarthCube Leadership Council and the Liaison Team move forward with the organization’s strategic directions, goals and objectives.
I’ve been actively involved in EarthCube for 3 years. I’ve watched EarthCube morph from an early-stage experiment to a more focused, introspective effort determined to deliver value.
As an EarthCube member, I’ve:
- Co-chaired the TAC Use Case Working Group, co-authored synthesis reports
- Served as TAC Member, regular meeting attendee
- Participated at 2 AHMs, 1 THM
- Collaborated on select EarthCube funded proposals (e.g., Data Discovery Hub)
I come to the role of Liaison Team Chair with years of experience developing and marketing successful software products that are heavily used and well-regarded by their target audiences. This experience includes recruiting staff and partners, analyzing customer usage patterns, and gathering requirements. Although my business background is atypical in the NSF context, it is this exact experience developing highly-valued software and ensuring its adoption that enables me to offer different perspectives, thereby contributing value to EarthCube.
Given my current role as Geoscience Community Strategist, climate activist in my personal time, and my decades of work defining, scoping, and delivering software, I can’t help but be invested in EarthCube’s promise and potential success. To achieve that success requires that EarthCube not only deliver a working, useful platform, but that it engages community influencers who can put the right connections in place to ensure platform adoption.
As Liaison Chair and Leadership Council member, I would apply my market knowledge, business instincts, and software skills towards understanding community needs and attracting critical partners.
Thank you for the nomination and your consideration.