As part of EarthCube's plans to develop infrastructure, architecture, or other components related to our mission of enabling geoscience discoveries through new or enhanced data infrastructure and workflow support, the ESSO will periodically make awards to the community via an RFP process.

Currently we are requesting proposals for two projects related to Project 418:  the EarthCube Resource Registry Project, and Project 419 (P419) Software System Upgrade Project.


Email your questions, and proposals to James Davies by 12pm MT on October 17, 2018.

EarthCube Resource Registry [linkDEADLINE October 17, 2018

Released October 2, 2018 - In order to increase the visibility of EarthCube software products, components, and services, a core vocabulary, ontology, and registry must be developed which will describe and uniquely define the EarthCube cyberinfrastructure landscape. It will enable users to discover scientific and technical resources (software, tools, vocabularies, etc.) that are relevant to their research. The ability to locate resources of relevance will promote EarthCube investments, reduce time to science, and help enable interdisciplinary research. In the short term, the registry will help answer the question: “What is EarthCube?” in a tangible way.

To date, scientists interested in EarthCube have expressed uncertainty about what EarthCube can do for them. The EarthCube Resource Registry will provide immediate access to a list of EC capabilities to understand what EC is, and what it isn’t. The registry will provide a vehicle to notify the community about new products, increase visibility, and gain recognition.

Project 419 (P419) Software System Upgrade [linkDEADLINE October 17, 2018

Released October 2, 2018 - The “Project 419” (P419) Software System Upgrade project will provide a scalable, cloud-based, data-driven cyberinfrastructure that will accelerate data discovery and access across dozens of geoscience data providers at once in a robust, secure, and highly performant way. P419 will greatly facilitate new and better connections among existing data resources and provide geoscientists powerful cross-domain search capabilities which will greatly decrease time to science and the scientific utility of community data.

By building upon the successes of the Project 418 prototype software system developed during FY18 and managed through the EarthCube Science Support Office (ESSO), this new project will greatly improve and solidify the current system into a highly concurrent and robust platform that will be accessible to thousands of simultaneous users, provide inclusion to dozens of new data providers, address temporally bound and real-time streaming dataset discoverability and access, and integrate text, spatial, and time-based dataset metadata searches.