ECTEG Assembly Synthesis Workshop Day 1 Presentation - EarthCube Functions


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The presentation slides of Day 1 at the EarthCube Test Enterprise Governance Assembly Synthesis Workshop held April 16-18 in Tucson, AZ.

Slides include an overview of the week's agenda, goals, and preview of the workshop. As well as what the EarthCube team has learned thus far in terms of EarthCube Governance Functions.

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ECTEG Assembly Synthesis Workshop Day 1 Presentation - EarthCube Functions

  1. 1. 4/16/2014 1 Define Functions: Short, medium and long-term Recap 1: What we learned about what EarthCube can and needs to do. Finalizing Governance Structures Day 1 Consensus on: Primary functions of EarthCube Governance Clear language defining what exactly EarthCube is. Day 2 Day 3 Consensus on: Major components of governance. Specific design of the leadership structure. Consensus On: An EarthCube Governance System that supports the commons including: • It’s primary functions • It’s primary structures and details about how those structures function • How it integrates with existing efforts • How to gather feedback Selecting Governance Structures & Incorporating Existing Structures Define EarthCube Mission/Vision: Clear, specific statements that explain and clarify. Recap 2: What governance structures already exist and were envisioned Developing Governance Structures Exploring How to Vet the Governance Model
  2. 2. 4/16/2014 2 EarthCube Defined and Clarified
  3. 3. How we got here 4/16/2014 3
  4. 4. 4/16/2014 4 Roadmaps & Concept Designs End-user workshops & Stakeholder Alignment Test governance award Building blocks, RCNs, and conceptual design awards The EarthCube journey White Papers & Expressions of Interest Charrettes
  5. 5. 4/16/2014 5 Five formalized groups with charters or guidelines A half dozen or more workgroups with specific goals Years of previous work to remind us what EarthCube can achieve and could focus on Over a hundred engaged stakeholders who have informed the governance process Two months until a fully developed plan will be shared at the All Hands Meeting Where we’re at on Governance
  6. 6. 4/16/2014 6 EarthCube isn’t a fresh slate – we’ve been working on this for years and doing good work We are moving too slowly – governance was needed yesterday and it’s time to get concrete What do you mean we’re still trying to define EarthCube? We’ve done this 10 times before (or 30!) We shouldn’t have jumped to assuming we need these specific Councils and workgroups What’s EarthCube? I don’t get it. What we’re hearing
  7. 7. Where we are today 4/16/2014 7
  8. 8. 4/16/2014 8 Walk out of this meeting with consensus on… EarthCube – what it is, what it can be, what we can say about it EarthCube Governance – what is needed now and what will need to be developed over time Our charge
  9. 9. 4/16/2014 9 This means we need to be…
  10. 10. Who is EarthCube? 4/16/2014 10
  11. 11. 4/16/2014 11 End User Scientists Cyber & Science Infrastructure Experts Societal Interests Government, including: Elected officials Science funding agencies Regulatory/service agencies Environmental resource managers Commercial industry Professional associations, NGOs, standards organizations, & scholarly journals Others, such as K-12 educators, citizen scientists, museums & archives, and libraries Data facilities Cyber-infrastructure and high performance computing experts Software engineers Designers/ developers of geoscience instrumentation Atmospheric and Space Weather, Biologists/ Ecosystem, Climate, Critical Zone, Computer, Geologists, Geophysicists, Hydrologists, Information, Oceanographers, Physical Geographers, Polar, Social, and others Size of box does NOT indicate relevance
  12. 12. End User Feedback 4/16/2014 12
  13. 13. NSF GeoVision 2009 Fostering a sustainable future through a better understanding of our complex and changing planet.
  15. 15. Scientific Grand Challenges: Central themes • Multi-disciplinary science to further understand our environment – E.g. physical, chemical, and biological processes in ocean ecosystems • Understand, adapt to, or propose changes in scientific approach – Understand and test hypotheses and underlying controls of current science – Improved prediction capabilities • Better use of available data or new ways of collecting/distributing data – Chronological & Time-Series Data (distribution and analysis) – Mutli-scale modeling – beyond increasing resolution, e.g. translation of variables, coupling between models, uncertainties – Acquisition, assimilation, and modeling in cross-cutting regions (Integration of long-tail scientific data)
  16. 16. Scientific Grand Challenges: Central themes 4/16/2014 16 • Improved collaboration and coordination among disparate funded projects/programs and disciplines; including improving upon the use of existing facilities and observatories • Communication of science (& data) to society – Improving science-based decision making in public policy – Workforce development & “data literacy”/”data savviness”
  17. 17. Specific Re-occurring Science Challenges • Better understanding of anthropogenic activities (beyond climate change) over time – E.g. availability of drinking water, land use (coastal development, development in hazards zones), transportation of invasive species • Need for a 4D (Spatial & Temporal) Framework for the Earth – Multi-scale: local, regional, global • Climate modeling & weather prediction* • Ocean modeling & biological impacts* *possibly a function of workshops funded
  20. 20. Technical Challenges: Central themes • Search and Access – Lack of awareness of existing tools and resources – Need for improved tools to enhance discoverability – Need for increased awareness of resources within and outside of specific domains. – Need to incorporate legacy/dark data – Quality and formatting barriers to accessing found data • Storage – Lack of domain specific databases
  21. 21. Technical Challenges: Central themes 4/16/2014 21 • Tools – Software and algorithm development need to keep pace with research advances. – Need for Increased visualization capabilities, simpler tools – Lack of tools to facilitate capturing metadata and documentation • Sustainability – Need support for long term archiving and retrieval – More data producers than managers – Need for Increased training in data use and stewardship – Need for easier ways to move and share large data sets
  22. 22. Technical Challenges: Central themes • Interoperability – Inconsistent/ incomplete metadata – Formats and archiving standards vary across projects, and domains – Compliance mechanisms for providing metadata at point of acquisition – Increased uncertainty comes w/ new sources, uncertainty needs to be communicated • Cultural – Lack of incentives for sharing data. Academic culture still very publication focused, need for better ways of recognizing academic merit of data. – Need for more communication between data producers and data managers and tool builders. – Need for different types of support for diverse users.
  23. 23. What is EarthCube? 4/16/2014 23
  24. 24. 4/16/2014 24 Functions related to specific audiences Guidance to NSF on requirements for a data management plan in funding opportunities Actively connecting to the many related efforts including ESIP and OGC. Engagement of stakeholders (e.g. professional societies, publishers, government, commercial) End user engagement and support, including onboarding new audiences to EarthCube Alignment of the funded projects (interoperability, connections to end users) Software voice and coordinating software with infrastructure Professional development for graduate students
  25. 25. 4/16/2014 25 Issues that need attention IT/Legal advice associated with end-users access to resources Mitigating the barriers created by academic culture (e.g. through awards/ incentives) How to best support data preservation Software Academic/ Professional Career Paths Communications – spreading the word about EarthCube across academic, private sector, and government. Managing tensions between structure and agility Maintaining transparency in decision-making Creating feedback loops among different stakeholders and governance structures
  26. 26. 4/16/2014 26 Other potential functions Data quality and standards (leveraging what already exists) Funding and sustainability Knowledge management (including periodic systemic review of contributions to the EC body of knowledge) Brokering/ facilitating cross- disciplinary connections Facilitating data reuse Enable new areas of research
  27. 27. Reflection: What functions are critical… 4/16/2014 27 …right now. We need them without delay. …in the next year. We need to develop them soon. …in the future, but they aren’t necessary immediately.
  28. 28. EarthCube Defined 4/16/2014 28
  29. 29. 4/16/2014 29 A community-driven process for the development of a cyberinfrastructure framework to understand and predict responses of the Earth as a system—from the space-atmosphere boundary to the core, including the influences of humans and ecosystems. EarthCube is an environment where stakeholders can bring together existing and new tools, models, databases, software, and collaboration spaces to facilitate the conduct of cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research to transform the way we do science. Definition?