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This Integrative Activity will apply technologies and approaches developed within EarthCube to re-architecture the NSF-supported data facility IEDA (Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance) in a way that it can serve a larger group of geoscience users and broaden engagement in EarthCube. In this project we will examine and leverage outcomes and continuous collaboration with several building block projects (CINERGI, B-Cube, GeoWS, GeoLink), our engagement with a conceptual design project (GEAR), as well as ongoing community coordination through EarthCube, C4P, SEN, and iSamples RCNs, to create an exemplar deployment site for EC technologies.

Architectural changes at IEDA will go hand-in-hand with the transition of IEDA’s organizational structure toward a multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary alliance of data systems and data communities in the solid Earth sciences. The alliance model will ensure coordinated, streamlined, and integrated data services that remain deeply rooted in specific science domains, a critical prerequisite for quality and re-usability of the data, while fulfilling requirements for trusted repository services. IEDA already provides data services for multiple domains (marine geology and geophysics, geochemistry, geochronology, petrology). Architecting it to align with EarthCube approaches will create the foundation for more efficient and consistent data management, as well as reliable and sustainable data curation, and for enabling cross-disciplinary research scenarios that take advantage of such a unified platform. 

This Integrative Activity is a collaborative project with the following participants:

  • IEDA (Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance): Kerstin Lehnert, Suzanne Carbotte, Vicki Ferrini (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University)
  • CINERGI (EarthCube BB): Ilya Zaslavsky (San Diego Supercomputing Center), Steve Richard (AZ Geological Survey)
  • National Deep Submergence Facility: Adam Soule (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
  • MetPetDB: Frank Spear (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)
  • Mineral Physics Community: Przemyslaw Dera (University of Hawaii)
  • IcePod: Robin Bell, Nick Frearson, LingLing Dong (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University)

Further participants in the development of the Alliance model include the existing IEDA partner systems Geochron (Doug Walker/University of Kansas), the Academic Seismic Portal @UTIG (Gail Christeson, Lisa Gahagan), OpenCoreData (Doug Fils/Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Brad Clement/Texas A&M University, Anders Noren/University of Minnesota), and the Library of Experimental Phase Relations (Mark Ghiorso/OFM-Research, Roger Nielsen/Oregon State University), and the EarthCube Building Blocks GeoLink and GeoWS.