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EarthCube International: Extending Geodetic Data Management Systems to Foster Global Collaborations in the Geosciences

Authors: Charles M Meertens and Frances M Boler, UNAVCO, Boulder, CO.

Affiliations with EarthCube: GeoWS Building Blocks and EarthColab

Title of Poster: EarthCube International: Extending Geodetic Data Management Systems to Foster Global Collaborations in the Geosciences

Abstract: CoopEUS, the International GNSS Service (IGS), the Global Geodetic Observing Systems (GGOS), GEO Supersites, and large-scale GNSS field projects such as EarthScope, COCONet (circum-Caribbean) and TLALOCNet (Mexico), are providing avenues for UNAVCO to better harmonize its EarthCube and related data web services developments with international geoscience partners and collaborators. These collaborations are resulting in improved discovery of, and access to, geodetic data and data products from around the globe. UNAVCO community investigators are using space and terrestrial geodetic techniques to study earthquake processes, mantle properties, active magmatic systems, plate tectonics, plate boundary zone deformation, intraplate deformation, glacial isostatic adjustment, and hydrologic and atmospheric processes. These science drivers, and growing recognition of the value of timely, globally-distributed geodetic measurements for hazards applications, are providing the motivation for opening up data access and improving cyberinfrastructure by removing technical barriers. UNAVCO has been doing its part to facilitate broader participation in this effort by providing open source tools such as the Geodetic Seamless Archive Centers software for cross-project data sharing and discovery and by developing Dataworks software to manage regional and local network data. Within the geodetic community, metadata standards and data exchange formats are being developed and evolved collaboratively through the efforts of global organizations such as the IGS and GGOS.