The Science Committee role is to identify and prioritize end user requirements and to connect the academic and technology communities. It is co-chaired by Ken Rubin and Kristen Rasmussen and, in the short-term, the work is enabled by three working groups whose tasks are to synthesize three elements of the project: the overarching science drivers identified by the participants of the 24 end-user workshops held in 2013-14; the funded project’s science goals; and novel use cases.
The Technology & Architecture Committee (TAC) role is to test and facilitate technology and architecture development. It is co-chaired by Rebecca Koskela and Ruth Duerr; its work is enabled by several working groups whose initial focus is on describing the System of Systems (SoS) architecture of the EarthCube cyberinfrastructure; identifying the technical requirements of the SoS through science use cases; conducting a funded projects gap analysis; developing testbeds for the funded projects; and identifying appropriate standards for EarthCube cyberinfrastructure to ensure interoperability.
The Council of Data Facilities (CDF) is a federation of existing and emerging geoscience data facilities that serve as a foundation for EarthCube and cyberinfrastructure for the geosciences. It is chaired by Tim Ahern with Danie Kinkade as vice chair; an Executive Committee comprises the chair, vice chair, secretary, and 4 other community representatives. The CDF Charter was approved in December 2014. At the its 2015 Winter General Assembly Meeting, the CDF agreed that an inventory of the CDF members' domains, capabilities, contacts, and points of engagement for the broad EC community would be valuable.
The Liaison Team seeks to establish partnerships with existing cyber-initiatives, agencies, associations, and other efforts external to the NSF core constituency, including international activities as well as the private sector. It is co-chaired by Sara Graves and Rowena Davis. The current focus is on mapping the larger geo/CI landscape and community; populating landscape map with organizations, initiatives, agencies, data facilities, etc.; and assessing where EarthCube fits into this landscape. View current version of the map.
The Engagement Team role is to encourage involvement in EarthCube by proactively reaching out to the geoscience community. The team is chaired by Simon Goring with Mimi Tzeng as co-chair. Three working groups are centered around mapping the community engagement scope; conveying new tools and cases; and facilitating internal communication.