Finalized:Sunday, November 1, 2015
Author(s):Mookerjee, M., D. Vieira, M. A. Chan, Y. Gil, C. Goodwin, T. F. Shipley, and B. Tikoff
It is increasingly important to integrate datasets and models from multiple geoscience subdisciplines in order to significantly advance our knowledge of how the planet works. To facilitate interdisciplinary investigations, geoscientists need a cyberinfrastructure that will easily access and combine datasets from all of the current and future geo-community databases. To this end, NSF introduced the EarthCube initiative (www.earthcube.org) to “create a community-driven data and knowledge management system that will allow for unprecedented data sharing across the geosciences.” The ultimate goal of EarthCube is to transform Earth science investigations by promoting efficient data access, incorporating cyberinfrastructure into our scientific workflow, and allowing for increased sophistication of analyses and models (Gil et al., 2014; Kelbert, 2014; Richard et al., 2014). A significant strength of EarthCube is its potential to create sustained communication across the subfields within the Earth sciences, allowing scientists to ask new types of questions, and providing the means to address previously unanswerable ones. Examples of specific use cases are available on the EarthCube webpage; however, using machine learning to extract data from published articles (e.g., DeepDive [http://deepdive.stanford.edu]) and curating useful software/scripts (e.g., GeoSoft [http://www.isi.edu/ikcap/geosoft/]) are two widely applicable examples of EarthCube outcomes.
Mookerjee, M., D. Vieira, M. A. Chan, Y. Gil, C. Goodwin, T. F. Shipley, and B. Tikoff, 2015: We need to talk: Facilitating communication between field-based geoscience and cyberinfrastructure communities. GSA Today, 25, 34–35, doi:10.1130/GSATG248GW.1.This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1340265. Opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of the NSF.