Go to the CRESCYNT-BLOG to see postings of our weekly TOOLBOX series!
We cover some general tools useful for any science discipline, like protocols, data repositories, and the Open Science Framework, and some tools as specifically applied to coral reef research, like species database aggregators, and Structure from Motion image analysis software and techniques for 3D coral reef mapping There's even bonus coverage of 360-degree images and reef videos for education.
Wonder what CRESCYNT looks like as a group?
We're very multidisciplinary in our research: the average enrolled researcher has selected 5 disciplines (33% of 15 available science nodes), with Ecology and Climate Change the two most-selected nodes (and we note that both of these are integrative disciplines). CRESCYNT members also expressed need or interest in 3.2 technological areas on average (45% of 7 available tech nodes), especially Data Management, then Statistical Tools & Analytics, followed by Imagery, then Visualization nodes.
The science nodes are assigned one color each, which feed into the tech nodes through researcher choice. Notice that each tech node hosts a full rainbow of science nodes - meaning that technological needs are not discipline-specific. Everyone needs everything!
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The Coral Reef Science & Cyberinfrastructure Network (CRESCYNT) is a multi-tiered and multidisciplinary network of coral reef researchers, ocean scientists, cyberinfrastructure specialists, and computer scientists, and we invite you to join us.
As an EarthCube Research Coordination Network, our goals are to foster a dynamic, diverse, durable, and creative community; to collectively consider and develop standards and resources for open data, research documentation, and data interoperability while making best use of work already accomplished by others; and to offer input to those groups within EarthCube who will ultimately create the data architecture for all of EarthCube. Along the way CRESCYNT expects to collect and share community resources and tools, and to offer training opportunities in topics prioritized by our members through widely accessible formats such as webinars and their recordings. We will also work to nurture unforeseen collaborative opportunities that emerge from our integrated collective work.
Because the coral reef community has exceptionally diverse data structures and analysis requirements needed to forward integrative science, it is an exemplar for cyberinfrastructure-enabled advances to other geosciences communities. The CRESCYNT network is working to match the data sources, data structures, and analysis needs of the coral reef community with current advances in data science, visualization, and image processing from multiple disciplines to advance coral reef research and meet the increasing challenges of conservation. The network has begun to assemble to coordinate, plan, and prioritize cyberinfrastructure needs within the coral reef community.
The structure of CRESCYNT is a network of networks, currently including 15 disciplinary nodes and 7 technological nodes, where each network node represents an area or set of areas within coral reef science (disciplinary nodes: e.g., microbial diversity, symbiosis regulation, disease, physiology & fitness, reef ecology, fish & fisheries, conservation & management, geochemistry-biogeochemistry-oceanography, paleontology & paleoecology, remote sensing, education & outreach) or an area of computer science or technical practice (technological nodes: e.g., visualization, geospatial analysis & mapping, image analysis, legacy & dark data, database management). These nodes may further expand, coalesce, or divide to meet the needs and interests of the subdisciplinary communities, while maintaining connections to CRESCYNT through node coordinators and ongoing network activities. We invite you to become a member of CRESCYNT, join one or more nodes that would advance your own work, collaborate on shared resources and tools for the coral reef community to use now, and ensure that the data architecture and cyberinfrastructure of EarthCube will meet the needs of the coral reef community, and that broader data interoperability within EarthCube will benefit both coral reefs and our ability to answer complex questions.
Plug into EarthCube through CRESCYNT's active collaborations with other EarthCube elements including technical groups, science groups, research coordination networks, building blocks, working groups - each of these connections and learning opportunities helps grow the state of coral reef science and helps grow opportunities for coral reef scientists at any career stage.
TAKE ACTION AND LEARN MORE:
- To become an active CRESCYNT member, please use this enrollment form and we'll put you in touch with nodes of interest to you.
- See results of earlier work on identifying science drivers and cyberinfrastructure needs by the coral reef community at two previous workshops - this is our starting point.
- Get practical information in the CRESCYNT BLOG: ongoing updates and useful detail; plus - track one lab's "cyberinfrastructure readiness" prep through a data management tune-up, including links to free (and reliable) data repositories.
- Learn more about EarthCube, including a glossary to support communication among disciplines and technical fields.
- Contact us - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Follow us on twitter @CrescyntRCN
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- Permanent URL: http://crescynt.org
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1440342. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.