The Council of Data Facilities (CDF) is a federation of existing and emerging geoscience data facilities that serve as a foundation for EarthCube and related aspects of the cyberinfrastructure for earth system science.
CDF Executive Committee ( July 2020-July 2022)
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  • Kerstin Lehnert, ​Chair of CDF Exec,  IEDA (Integrated Earth Data Applications)

  • Corinna Gries, CDF Leadership Council Representative, EDI (Environmental Data Initiative)

  • ​Jerry Carter, At-large member, IRIS DMS (Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology Data Management Center)

  • Robert Downs, At-large member, CIESIN (Center for International Earth Science Information Network)

  • Steve Diggs, At-large member, CCHDO (Clivar and Carbon Hydrographic Data Office) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD

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​​Current Activities


CDF Sustainability


Enabling FAIR Data



Shared Infrastructure

Core Trust Seal Certification -- Cohort of Data Repositories

A cohort of data repositories is being assembled to apply for CoreTrustSeal certification as part of the American Geophysical Union Coalition Enabling FAIR Data Project.  CoreTrustSeal certification demonstrates to a repository’s users and funders that they have been evaluated by an independent authority and endorsed for their trustworthiness.  If you are interested in becoming a member of this cohort, please send an email to Rebecca KoskelaRecent Webinars

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CDF Member Organizations     Not a member?  Apply HERE

A data facility is eligible for membership in the Council if it acquires, curates, preserves, and/or disseminates data, software, and/or models for one or more defined communities or disciplines in Council of Data Facilities Charter.


There are four categories of membership in the CDF:

  • Category A:  NSF-funded not-for-profit or academic data facilities

Data Facilities and centers with a substantial portion of their funding and mission associated with the National Science Foundation.

  • Category B:  Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) and other federal, state, and local data facilities.

Data facilities and centers operated by NASA, NOAA, USGS, and other U.S. federal, state, and local agencies.


  • Category C: International, private, and other not-for-profit or academic data facilities.

Data facilities and centers with a substantial portion of their funding and mission associated with international agencies, private foundations, or other sources.

  • Category D:  Associate members

Professional associations, publishers, commercial entities, foundations, and consortia in the geosciences, cyber sciences, informatics, and related domains; and individuals not affiliated with a data facility, but supportive of the Council.