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TITLE: Open Standards Role in EarthCube (Invited)
AUTHORS (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME): Luis E Bermudez1, David K Arctur2, 1, George Percivall1
INSTITUTIONS (ALL): 1. Open Geospatial Consortium, Gaithersburg, MD, United States.
2. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, United States.
ABSTRACT BODY: EarthCube is an NSF initiative that will enable sharing of data in an open and transparent manner, improving access and use of data, allowing scientists to better understand the Earth. EarthCube is based on a network of enthusiasts willing to make the sharing of data a reality. But is just having open data enough? Open data will not accelerate the process a scientist team needs to go through to understand, reformat and use the data. However, agreements among colleagues or adoption of agreements can make a big difference. These agreements also need to be published, freely available, and unpolluted from intellectual property rights issues. The system design requirements to develop cyberinfrastructure for Geosciences need to take into account these open agreements, including open interfaces and open encodings. Once open agreements are in place, it is essential to have in place policy and procedures, and a governance body for maintaining those agreements. This presentation will explore these issues and suggest ways the standard development organizations, like the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and other coordinating organizations, such as the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), could be involved in this process.
In AGU 2013 Session: IN43B. Emerging Concepts for Cyberinfrastructure in the Geosciences