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Launching the Earth and Environmental Sciences Community of Practice (ESES-CoP)

13 FEB 2024

Collaborative session notes

Submitted by Shelley Stall

Meeting objectives: 

The Earth and environmental science data community is focused on improving data management and sharing practices that result in our researchers being better equipped for their work. In 2017, the Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences Interest Group initiated with a BoF at P10 in Montreal. Its initial focus was on harmonising research infrastructure projects around the world. Although the focus was on infrastructures, working groups have now spun up on Complex Citations and on Researcher2Publisher workflows. Further, topics discussed have broadened out from Infrastructures and the proposal is to expand and to an RDA Community of Practice that covers all aspects of  Earth and environmental sciences, embracing our initial focus on research infrastructures projects to the broader challenges facing our research community.

This Community of Practice will provide a neutral platform to coordinate existing efforts  and work towards best practices for discipline-specific challenges and issues around data management and sharing. The Earth and environmental community is broad and includes researchers, their institutions, instrument manufacturers, tools, repositories, journal editors and more.

Meeting agenda: 

Type of Meeting: 

Informative meeting

Short introduction describing any previous activities: 

The idea of forming an ESES Community of Practice was first suggested in 2023. An interest meeting was held on 6 February 2023 with an initial set of recommended topics and statements of support captured.  Additional feedback on the importance and challenges of the new Community of Practice was captured at both P20 (March 2023) and P21 (October 2023) as a topic during the ESIP/RDA Earth, Space, and Environment Sciences IG sessions.

BoF applicant serving as contact person: 

Shelley Stall

Additional links to informative material: 

  1. Draft Case statement:
  2. Vrouwenvelder, K., Stall, S., & Clare, C. (2023, February 6). RDA Earth, Space, and Environmental Science Community of Practice Interest Meetings. Zenodo. 

Meeting presenters: 

Shelley Stall, Kristina Vrouvenwelder, Danie Kinkade, Helen Glaves, Lesley Wyborn, Tim Rawling, Others to be confirmed

Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 

ESIP/RDA Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences IG

Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 

FAIR Data Maturity Model WG

Contact for group (email):

Applicable Pathways: 

FAIR, CARE, TRUST – Principles

Discipline Focused Data Issues

Driven by RDA Organisational Member: 

Driven by RDA Organisational Member

Please indicate at least (3) three breakout slots that would suit your meeting.: 

Please indicate a minimum of (3) three breakout slot (s) that would suit your repeat session in a different time zone.: 

Are you willing to host a second, repeat session in a different time zone?: 


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