Digging Deeper - how do we globally describe, store and interoperate Earth, Space and Environmental Science Data

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04 Aug 2020
Group(s) submitting the application: 
Meeting objectives: 
  1. In particular learn from the Global South about Earth, space and environmental science (ESES) research data infrastructure initiatives in their countries and ensure that they are in the ESIP/RDA catalogue 

  2. Further develop a catalogue for ESES Vocabularies, Ontologies and other semantic resources

  3. Explore, discuss, and document the workflow between the ESES researcher, Domain repositories, publisher, and scholarly publication.  Identify where challenges occur and opportunities to improve practices.

  4. Raise awareness of community ESES FAIR Implementation Profiles (FIPs) that are being developed.

Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative Notes Link:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EdWPiI7zxFk7pxbRZ3VmCjGtWcELS_BWD5sm...


  • 0-10 Minutes (10 minutes): Introduction and getting the virtual system going.

  • 10-20 Minutes (10 minutes); Review the current status of the ESES IG, including the catalogue, which contains both groups working within ESES, and those that include ESES as part of cross domain initiatives. Invite new additions, particularly from the Global South. 

  • 20-35 Minutes (15 minutes): Provide 5-minute presentations on the 3 proposed breakout groups: 

    1. ESES Vocabs;

    2. ESES Domain Repositories; and 

    3. ESES FAIR Implementation Profiles (FIPs).

  • 35-70 Minutes (35 minutes): Breakout sessions discussing:

    1. ESES IG Vocabularies, Ontologies and other semantic resources that are being developed in support of Earth, Space and Environmental Research: how many are there and can we better harmonise them?

    2. ESES Domain Repositories - Identify the challenges inherent in the existing workflow between the ESES domain repositories, the publisher, and the researcher.

    3. ESES FAIR Implementation Profiles(FIPs): who’s doing what, where and how can others access existing FIPs?

  • 70-85 Minutes (15 minutes): Report back (5 minutes each breakout)

  • 85-90 Minutes (5 minutes): Wrap up and next steps.

Target Audience: 

Our target audience includes participants and their organizations associated with ESES research projects and data infrastructure buiding efforts, as well as users of ESES datasets in other domains anywhere in the world. We particularly welcome participants and contributions from Africa, Asia and others of the Global South.

Group chair serving as contact person: 
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

The Earth, space, and environmental science communities are developing, through multiple international efforts, both general and domain-specific leading practices for data management, data infrastructure development, vocabularies, common data/digital services and ESES Domain specific repositories. This Interest Group will work towards coordinating and harmonizing: 

  1. Efforts within the ESES to reduce possible duplication, increase efficiency, share use cases, and promote partnerships and adoption in the community; and

  2. Cross domain initiatives to accelerate the uptake of ESES data in other domains. 

Short Group Status: 

The group began as a BoF at Plenary 10 in Montreal in 2017 focussed around the US NSF funded EarthCube Project. At that meeting, it was recognised that there were many similar initiatives and projects in other continents and that these could be brought together under the umbrella of an RDA IG. The IG was formally endorsed by RDA in July 2018 and has been active at plenaries since Montreal. Here are the links to previous plenaries:

14th RDA Plenary Helsinki IG meeting (October 2019): Globally Networking within ESES data infrastructures, as well as beyond to those of other domains


13th RDA Plenary Philadelphia IG Meeting (April 2019): Consolidating Global Connections and Collaborations 


12th RDA Plenary Gaborone IG Meeting (November 2018):  Developing Global Connections and Collaborations, https://www.rd-alliance.org/ig-esiprda-earth-space-and-environmental-sciences-rda-12th-plenary-meeting

11th RDA Plenary Berlin IG Meeting (March 2018): Inaugural Meeting, https://www.rd-alliance.org/ig-earth-space-and-environmental-sciences-rda-11th-plenary-meeting

10th RD-A Plenary Montreal BoF (September 2017): EarthCube International Partnerships, https://www.rd-alliance.org/earthcube-international-partnerships-rda-10th-plenary-bof-meeting

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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Meeting presenters: 
Lesley Wyborn, Shelley Stalll, Helen Glaves, Danie Kincaide