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Building on the “Building Blocks” - supporting a Complex Research Scenario in an EarthCube multi-project synthesis demonstration

Session Title: Building on the “Building Blocks” - supporting a Complex Research Scenario in an EarthCube multi-project synthesis demonstrationSession Leads: Siri Jodha Khalsa, Tim Ahern, Ilya Zaslavsky

Affiliations:

Siri Jodha Khalsa, NSIDC, BCube;

Tim Ahern, IRIS, GeoWS, Council of data facilities;

Ilya Zaslavsky, UCSD supercomputer center, CINERGI, GEAR, Architecture Working Group.

Siri Jodha and Ilya will be attending the  All Hands Meeting and participating in the demonstration

Understanding and modeling earth systems is a challenge because multiple, distributed information sources with different conventions are needed for inputs to models.  We will demonstrate how this problem can be addressed through integration of capabilities from three EarthCube Building Block projects: BCube, GeoWS and CINERGI. Together we show how it is possible to streamline discovery and programmatic access to multiple sources of relevant data.

BCube, through its crawler and broker components, enables discovery and data retrieval. GeoWS provides easily-consumable interfaces to discover and access large data collections. CINERGI provides a service for enhancing metadata descriptions to improve data selection and, thus, more effective discovery. We will demonstrate a workflow that integrates components from these projects. The final result is a dataset in a format that can be used by Earth system modelers for their research.

This demonstration illustrates one of the first building block integration activities, and will be followed by considerations regarding possible further steps forward.

 The target audiences are geoscientists and NSF, and other agency program managers.