2017 EarthCube Elections
It is our great pleasure to welcome the newly-elected members of EarthCube Leadership Council and Liaison Team! These positions will serve key leadership roles while EarthCube moves into the implementation phase. All three candidates have shown exemplary leadership in EarthCube, and we are excited to welcome them to the Leadership Council and Liaison Team.
Anna will be serving as an At-Large member of the Leadership Council from June 19, 2017 to May 31, 2019.
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
Sarah will be serving as an At-Large member of the Leadership Council from June 19, 2017 to May 31, 2019.
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.
Sara will be serving as the Chair of the Liaison Team from June 19, 2017 to May 31, 2019
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.