Recipients of the Early Career Travel Grant are using EarthCube concepts to make a difference in their fields.
Collaborations in Sedimentology
Drs. Raleigh Martin and Kim Miller, both participants in the EarthCube-supported Sediment Experimentalists Network (SEN), received Early Career Travel Grants to attend the 2015 Binghamton Geomorphology Symposium at the University of Buffalo, where they presented posters that helped introduce attendees to EarthCube concepts of data standardization and collaborative communication. SEN is an EarthCube Research Coordination Network aimed to facilitate cross-institution collaborations, establish data and workflow standards, and encourage data sharing and accessibility in the field of experimental geomorphology.
This year’s theme was “Laboratory Experiments in Geomorphology” and focused on past and present experiments that have allowed the sedimentology community to understand how the landscape evolves. The conference also addressed the issues facing the community regarding data management and facility development.
User Testing Opportunities
Benjamin Gross attended the Geological Society of America 2015 fall conference for an opportunity to test and improve EarthCollab, an EarthCube building block project.
"The conference provided a venue in which to conduct usability testing for Connect UNAVCO, the web application we are developing. We received valuable feedback on how our web application can be improved. I presented a poster titled Guiding development of a geoscience-focused semantic web app: Enduser engagement in the EarthCollab project.
The poster summarized the results of an ongoing survey EarthCollab has been conducting to determine how the geoscience community finds and shares research. The poster also outlined our work defining a semantic vocabulary for our geodesy/geophysics centered use case and our efforts to incorporate unique identifiers, such as ORCIDs, as we build and extend our application. The poster is available through Zenodo.
In addition, I was exposed to a project that has created a better implementation of the same search platform we are using. Now I have a better idea of what is possible using that platform and a point of contact to help us achieve that.
Inspiration for Improved Workflows
"The Early Career Travel Grant provided me with the necessary funds for the opportunity and motivation to get out there and learn how tools like mapbox.js, turf.js, and leaflet.js could really provide a great mapping suite for most users at a fraction of the cost of proprietary solutions. One thing I learned is that just because I think something is a great solution doesn't mean everyone wants to implement it.
EarthCube and other federations are key to keeping us in check and helping science technologists at many paces and with many tools establish best practices and shared implementations. I feel honored that the funding from Earth Cube gave me that extra little financial boost I needed to have the time to really dig in on a subject that will help my future career."
"Know Your Data"
Climate change researcher Dr. Andria Dawson presented her work at the Ecological Society of America meeting in Baltimore, Maryland in September, 2015.
Thanks for your support in promoting engagement and interaction among researchers. My presentation titled “Quantifying uncertainty in spatio-temporal forest composition changes inferred from fossil pollen records" was well-received (click on the image to view PowerPoint presentation); discussions, comments, and questions about my work provided valuable insight about scaling processes across space and time.
My attendance at the conference gave me the opportunity to discuss the reliability of shared data, especially data appearing on open-source community-driven databases such as Neotoma. These discussions relate directly to the EarthCube technological imperatives and frontiers goals.
Cross Domain Research
Sarah Ramdeen is an information and library science researcher who studies earth scientists' behavior in relation to information. She is a member of the Engagement Team and Liaison Team who gave two presentations at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in December, 2016.
"I have attended AGU meetings in the past, but this was my first time presenting a talk to such an esteemed community. I gave two presentations, the first was an invited talk in the ESSI union session. The session was focused on future proofing 20th century science records.
During my talks I highlighted a number of EarthCube projects. For example, in my second talk I discussed my participation in the EC3 2014 field trip and iSamples community. I believe these two opportunities have made an important impact on my work. During the EC3 field trip, I was able to have in-depth conversations with domain scientists about ILS concepts such as metadata creation and management which were enlightening to all involved. I am co-chair of an iSamples working group tasked with collecting user stories. My experience as a qualitative researcher and my ILS prospective provides a different view on the issues. Having the opportunity to demonstrate these connections during my talk was an important part of the conversation of what it is to be a data scientist.
Attending AGU was an important step in my career path. I was able to make important connections with eminent researchers such as Lesley Wyborn among others. I also had the opportunity to share my research with the community and receive direct feedback. I am grateful to EarthCube for supporting my work, in particular as a cross domain researcher. I often am uncertain as to where I ‘fit’. In EarthCube, I feel as though I have found my place."
Are you an early career researcher presenting work that aligns with EarthCube? Apply to receive an Early Career Travel Grant.