Finalized:Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Full Workshop Report, click here for the Executive Summary.
Data facilities, a stakeholder group representing long‐term federal and private investments in
cyberinfrastructure, are a key resource in the pursuit of innovative scientific research by
aggregating, preserving, and disseminating large quantities of data sets, ranging from highly
complex petabyte‐scale data to simple metadata catalogs. The visionary potential of EarthCube
can only be met if data facilities bring their cyberinfrastructure capacities, researchers bring
their data, and federal and private sector funders bring their resources.
One of the first and most fundamental challenges of EarthCube is developing a structure and
governance system that will inspire and empower many diverse stakeholders to participate. To
develop this governance structure, the EarthCube Test Enterprise Governance Project1 (a virtual
team composed of dozens of partners throughout the country) is implementing a two‐year
process to identify community‐guided solutions for EarthCube governance and test them out—
prototyping governance much in the same way as we prototype technology. Community
workshops are a key conduit to identifying and testing these solutions.