EarthCube Townhall: ESIP Summer Meeting 2014


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Lee Allison, PI of the EarthCube Test Enterprise Governance Project, leads the EarthCube Townhall at ESIP Summer Meeting 2014.

This presentation covers a brief introduction to EarthCube, the EarthCube journey to the All-Hands Meeting, outcomes of the All-Hands Meeting, and ways to participate in the demonstration governance.

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  • Read out agenda and go over:

    1) There is a lot of content to present in the 20 minutes I have, so there a couple slides that have some great information on them that I have included at the very end of this slide show so that you may view them later. These slides will be posted But I’ll make sure Walt has a copy of this presentation if you’d like to revisit some of the information. I’ve also added links for more information on the bottom of nearly every slide.
  • Transform the conduct of data-enabled geoscience-related research

    Create effective community-driven cyberinfrastructure

    Allow global data discovery and knowledge management

    Achieve interoperability and data integration across disciplines
  • Working together to find a common solution for disparate needs
  • Finally on this slide we get to the Test Governance Award, which is the project I work on and have the most knowledge about regarding current efforts.
  • From January to March 2014, the EarthCube Test Enterprise Governance Project held a series of four Stakeholder Assembly Workshops, during which key EarthCube community groups were brought together to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate about how they might achieve their own goals as well as aligning those goals with EarthCube. These Assembly workshops also had the goal to solicit clear guidance on the governance of EarthCube as part of the development of an overarching draft charter, by-laws, and terms of reference to be presented to the EarthCube community during the EarthCube All-Hands Meeting in June 2014.

    Each Assembly Workshop, and the workshop series as a whole, provided the EarthCube Test Governance Team with invaluable guidance on governance topics including coordination, collaboration, community building, messaging, and the project timeline/organization itself.
    The first workshop led to a significant ‘pivot’ in thinking of EarthCube ‘governing’ the community to instead EarthCube providing an array of services to the community through an EarthCube ‘commons’ similar in structure to Collective Impact Model (Ka

    In addition, some of the most concrete outcomes of the Assembly Workshops were the bottom-up formation of 17 working groups, each with associated milestones, deliverables and champions. These groups represent actionable next steps for each stakeholder community to achieve mutual goals moving forward with staff support from EarthCube Governance project’s Operations Center.
    nia & Kramer, 2011). Our task now is determining now …. We realize that there will
  • Number of participants

    Visuals of what types of information the surveys provided us with (SPE flow charts, graphs, and comments)

    These results were taken forward to inform discussion at the All-Hands Meeting
  • Transition into All-Hands; mention that you can still register by visiting the Workspace.
  • Revised 7-7-14 MLA
  • 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
    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”
  • EarthCube Townhall: ESIP Summer Meeting 2014

    1. 1. EARTHCUBE Transforming Geoscience Research ESIP Summer Meeting July 10, 2014 Lee Allison, EarthCube Test Governance PI
    2. 2. AGENDA 1. Introduction to EarthCube: Overview & Purpose 2. EarthCube Journey 3. All-Hands Meeting 2014 1. Governance Outcomes 2. Technical- Architecture Panel 4. Establishing Demonstration Governance 1. Call for Participation 5. Belmont Forum e-Infrastructure Panel
    3. 3. EARTHCUBE VISION  Transform the conduct of data- enabled geoscience-related research  Create effective community- driven cyberinfrastructure  Allow global data discovery and knowledge management  Achieve interoperability and data integration across disciplines Dynamic Earth Changing Climate Earth & Life Geosphere- Biospheric Connection Water: Changing Perspectives
    4. 4. Software Big Data People Hardware Working together to find common solutions for different needs
    5. 5. Cyber City
    6. 6. Roadmaps & Concept Designs (technical roadmaps and small prototype designs) End-userWorkshops & Stakeholder Alignment (identifying community needs & wants) Test GovernanceAward (planning & demonstration phases) Building Blocks, RCNs, and Conceptual Design Awards (current funded projects) The EarthCube Journey White Papers & Expressions of Interest (Geo & CI) Dear Colleague Letter & Charrettes 201120122013Present
    7. 7. CURRENT PROJECTS Test Enterprise Governance  EarthCube Test Enterprise Governance: An Agile Approach M. Lee Allison, University of Arizona Research Coordination Networks (RCNs)  C4P: Collaboration and Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences Kerstin Lehnert, Columbia University  Building a Sediment Experimentalist Network (SEN) Wonsuck Kim, University of Texas at Austin  EC3: Earth-Centered Communication for Cyberinfrastructure Matty Mookerjee, Sonoma State University Conceptual Designs  Developing a Data-Oriented Human-Centric Enterprise Architecture for EarthCube Chaowei Yang, George Mason University  Enterprise Architecture for Transformative Research and Collaboration Across the Geosciences Ilya Zaslavsky, San Diego Supercomputer Center Building Blocks  Deploying Web Services Across Multiple Geoscience Domains Tim Ahern, Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology  Specifying and Implementing ODSIP, A Data-Service Invocation Protocol David Fulker, OPeNDAP  A Broker Framework for Next Generation Geoscience SiriJodha Khalsa, National Snow and Ice Data Center  Integrating Discrete and Continuous Data David Maidment, University of Texas at Austin  Leveraging Semantics and Crowdsourcing in Data Sharing and Discovery Thomas Narock, University of Maryland  A Cognitive Computer Infrastructure for Geoscience Shanan E. Peters, University of Wisconsin at Madison  Earth System Bridge Scott Peckham, University of Colorado at Boulder  Software Stewardship for the Geosciences Yolanda Gil, University of Southern California  Community Inventory of EarthCube Resources for Geosciences Interoperability (CINERGI) Ilya Zaslaysky, San Diego Super Computer Center INSPIRE  Enabling Transformation in the Social Sciences, Geosciences, and Cyberinfrastructure through Stakeholder Alignment Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana
    9. 9. ASSEMBLY STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOPS Data Facilities (Jan. 15-17) EarthCube Projects (Feb. 12-14) IT/CS/IS/FOSS (March 5-7) End-Users & Professional Societies (March 18-20)
    10. 10. CROWDSOURCE SURVEYS AND RESULTS 1. Strategic Pathway Exercises  250+ participants in both exercises 2. Comprehensive Charter Review Survey  25+ participants 3. Overarching Gov. Framework Review Survey  55+ participants
    11. 11. ALL-HANDS MEETING 2014 June 24-26, Washington DC 150+ attendees 75 + institutions, orgs, agencies represented 45 + plenaries, sessions, posters, presentations 3 keynote speakers
    12. 12. ALL-HANDS MEETING GOALS 1. Convergence on the Demonstration Governance Charter: next steps on implementation 2. Coordination among projects 3. Forum for Geoscience Cyberinfrastructure conversations
    13. 13. CRITICAL FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNANCE Leadership & Vision • Setting strategic direction • Coordinating, communicating, policies, etc. • Coordination with NSF Guiding Technical Implementation • Explicit connection between scientific process and technical functions • Alignment of funded projects • Stewardship of architecture framework Advocacy & Engagement • Disseminate, engage, connect, partner • Other organizations and initiatives, end-users, educators, professional societies, publishers, and more
    14. 14. Leadership Council Office Council of Data Facilities Engagement Team Technology/ Architecture Standing Committee Liaison Program Team Science Standing Committee Participants Technical Funded Team Working Group Science Funded Team Special Interest Group Special Interest Group Working Group Working Group Concept Design Projects RCNs Bldg Blocks
    15. 15. Questions?
    16. 16. ALL-HANDS MEETING OUTCOMES: TECHNOLOGY PANEL • Phil Yang, George Mason University EarthCube Conceptual Design: Developing a Data-Oriented Human-Centric Enterprise Architecture for EarthCube • Steve Richard, Arizona Geological Survey EarthCube Architecture Outcomes • Don Middleton/Mohan Ramamurthy, NCAR/Unidata EarthCube Council of Data Facilities
    17. 17. Questions?
    18. 18. Sprint 2 Jan: • Testing agile process Feb to June: • Developing architecture framework Sprint 1 July: • Webinars July 17 & 21 • Initial charter submission Aug: • Organizational meetings Sept – Dec: • Working meetings Call for particip -ation Jan: Check & Adjust June: Check & Adjust DEMO GOV: IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
    19. 19. CHOOSE YOUR ROLE Special Interest Groups Leadership Council Liaison Team Tech. Standing Committee Council of Data Facilities Engage- ment Team Science Standing Committee Working Groups Sign up on the EarthCube Workspace
    20. 20. ON THE HORIZON: TIMELINE FOR NEXT STEPS  July 17 and 21: Webinar for important information on the new Standing Committees and Teams  Late August: First Standing Committees and Teams virtual meetings  August 31: Deadline for nominations of At-Large Leadership Council members  September 15: Selection of At-Large Leadership Council members  October 1: Demonstration organization in place
    21. 21. The folks behind the curtain Operations Kim Patten Genevieve Pearthree Anna Katz Rachael Black Kate Kretschmann Secretariat David Arctur Kerstin Lehnert Erin Robinson Steve Diggs George Percivall Steve Richard Ted Habermann Ilya Zaslavsky Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld Jewlya Lynn Advisory Committee Paul Edwards Holly Given Linda Gundersen Thomas Hoffmann John Townes Beth Plale Sonya Legg Operational Management Group Gary Crane Jim Bowring Bruce Caron Cecelia Deluca
    22. 22. Questions?
    23. 23. Robert Gurney, University of Reading M. Lee Allison,Arizona Geological Survey Co-chairs, Belmont Forum e-Infrastructure Steering Committee e-infrastructure and data management to support global change research
    24. 24. Established to foster global environmental change research; Initiated June 2009 by NSF & NERC, building on IGFA
    25. 25. Belmont Forum Members
    26. 26. Belmont Forum e-Infrastructure and Data Management Initiative • 18-month long process • International Steering Committee • 1 member per country, international organizations • National delegations • ~ 10 members per country ~ 140 people • Secretariat – jointly funded by US (NSF) and UK (NERC) • Knowledge HubWeb platform
    27. 27. Architecture & Interoperability WP1: Standards WP2: Improved interface between the computation and data infrastructures WP3: Harmonisation of global data infrastructure for sharing environmental data Governance WP4: Data Sharing WP5: Open Data WP6: Capacity Building
    28. 28. Timeline and Goals July 2013 – September 2014: Programme of international community building and strategy development activities December 2014: Community Strategy and Implementation Plan produced’ January 2015: Belmont Forum decides on possible Phase II funding call March 2015: Final report delivery May 2015: Possible funding solicitation
    29. 29. Belmont Forum e-Infrastructure & Data Management Panel Cindy Chandler, WHOI Mustapha Mokrane, ICSU-World Data System BrianWee, NEON