SEAD: Sustainable Environment-Actionable Data - Robert McDonald - RDAP12


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SEAD: Sustainable Environment-Actionable Data
Leveraging Existing Cyberinfrastructure for Long-Term Sustainability

Margaret Hedstrom-University of Michigan
James Myers-Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Robert H. McDonald-Indiana University

Presentation at Research Data Access & Preservation Summit
22 March 2012

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  • How may people in this audience have an institutional repository? Are you using it to publish data?
  • SEAD: Sustainable Environment-Actionable Data - Robert McDonald - RDAP12

    1. 1. SEAD: SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT- ACTIONABLE DATA Leveraging Existing Cyberinfrastructure for Long-Term Sustainability Margaret Hedstrom-University of Michigan James Myers-Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Robert H. McDonald-Indiana University Research Data Access and Preservation Summit 3.22.12 New Orleans, LA #OCI0940824
    2. 2. SEAD TEAMUniversity of Michigan: Margaret Hedstrom (UM PI), Ann Zimmerman (Co-PI and Project Manager), George Alter, Bryan Beecher, Charles Severance, Karen Woollams, Jude Yew.Indiana University: Beth Plale (IU PI), Katy Borner, Robert H. McDonald, Kavitha Chandrasekar, Robert Ping, Stacy Kowalczyk, Robert Light.University of Illinois:Praveen Kumar (UIUC PI), Rob Kooper, Luigi Marini, Terry McLaren.Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: Jim Myers (RPI PI), Ram Prasanna Govind Krishnan, Lindsay Todd, Adam Wilson.
    3. 3. SEAD CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE• An international resource for sustainability science• Novel technical and business approaches to supporting the long-tail of research data• Lifecycle support: actionable data services integrated with curation and preservation infrastructure
    4. 4. SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH IS CENTRALTO SOLVING MANY OF SOCIETY’SMOST CRITICAL CHALLENGES • Local processes aggregating to produce global consequences • Multiple time scales • Coupling of natural and human systems • Interacting systems-of-systems requiring multidisciplinary understanding • Environmental – Economic - Social Science Cooperation Technology Policy Economics Poverty & Justice
    5. 5. DATA CHALLENGES INSUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH• Many dimensions, many coordinate systems, many scales, many formats, a long-tail of providers and users, …
    6. 6. ENABLING SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH• Discovering and integrating data are a major barrier! • Organize data geospatially, temporally, and thematically• Understanding the quality and applicability of data is a significant challenge! • Provide provenance, literature connections, QA/QC information, and other evidence about the data• Collaborating across projects to coordinate data collection and analysis to address inter-disciplinary issues is a further barrier! • Provide ways for groups to collaborate and share data directly during active projects
    7. 7. BUT...• Managed Data storage and services are expensive!• Begging for metadata doesn’t work!• Curation and preservation are time consuming!• The long-tail is not standardized!• Data collections are always missing something valuable!• Data models evolve!• Cyberinfrastructure is obsolete by the time you build it!• Building community as you leverage cyberinfrastructure
    8. 8. SEAD: LEVERAGING EXISTINGRESOURCES• Cyberinfrastructure • IU Data Capacitor/HPC Capabilities • UIUC/NCSA HPC Capabilities • Rensselaer CCNI Capabilities• Repositories • UM Deep Blue • IU ScholarWorks • ICPSR Repository • UIUC IDEALS
    9. 9. KEY QUESTIONS• What could SEAD capture when? • A lot, as its created! • Take advantage of semantic approaches• How can SEAD provide direct value to data producers, users, and curators? • Single mechanism for managing project and reference data! • Value-added network-effect altmetrics services!• How can SEAD lower barriers and reduce/realign costs? • web 2.0, 3.0, and social computing!
    10. 10. SEAD 18 MONTH PROTOTYPE TARGETSFOR CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE• Active and Social Content Curation • Pilot Active Content Repository, VIVO deployments • Exemplar services for Data Ingest, Discovery, Re-use, Curation• CI for Long-term Access • Data model, protocol design/development • Pilot Federated Repository infrastructure
    11. 11. SEAD CI QUICKVIEW• SEAD will quickly build a repository and data services infrastructure for sustainability research that can be responsively adapted based on community feedback – Community Agile Development• SEAD will leverage existing tools and emerging practices to dramatically enhance the interactions of researchers and data librarians – Active Curation• SEAD’s focus on the long-tail will force an emphasis on ease-of-use and low costs that is critical for long-term sustainability – Leverage Existing Institution Resources for Long-term Access• SEAD will leverage experiences in the sustainability research community to provide guidance for other long-tail communities making the transition to an interdisciplinary, systems-oriented approach to research – Sustainability and Resource Growth Partnership and Collaboration
    12. 12. THANK YOU For more on SEAD go to: Follow on Twitter @SEADdatanet#OCI0940824