Making Global Connections in Earth and Environmental Science Data Infrastructures and Repositories

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26 Jan 2021
Group(s) submitting the application: 
Meeting objectives: 
  1. Continue mapping the landscape of Earth, space and environmental data infrastructures and vocabulary resources: further refinement of the two ESES-IG catalogues.

  2. Connecting with Earth, space and environmental science (ESES) research infrastructure initiatives in the Global South (China, South America)

  3. Continuing the conversation on the workflow between the ESES researcher, domain repositories, publisher, and scholarly publications. 

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes:

  • 0-10 Minutes (10 minutes): Introduction and allowing time for getting the virtual system going (Helen Glaves).

  • 10-20 Minutes (10 minutes); Review the current status of, and invite new contributions to, the two key ESES IG outputs (Lesley Wyborn).

    1. The Data Infrastructure Catalogue which contains both groups working within ESES, and those that include ESES as part of cross domain infrastructure initiatives; and

    2. The Semantic Resources Catalogue including an update on the outcome of the P16 ESES-IG vocabulary breakout session. 

  • 20-40 Minutes (20 minutes) Two presentations on Earth and Environmental Science Infrastructures in Brazil and China

    1. Earth and Environmental Science Data Infrastructures in Brazil (Professor Pedro Luiz Corrêa - Universidade de São Paulo) 

    2. Chinese Academy of Science Earth for the Sustainable Development Goals (CASEarth4SDGs) (Professor Fang Chen - Aerospace Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences)


  • 40-50 Minutes (10 minutes): Provide 5-minute presentations on 2 proposed breakout groups: 

    1. The workflow between the ESES researcher, Domain repositories, publisher, and scholarly publications (Danie and Shelley)

    2. Connecting the Global North with ESES data infrastructures and initiatives in Asia, South America, Africa (Pedro, Helen and Lesley)


  • 50-75 Minutes (25 minutes): Breakout sessions discussing:

    1. The Repository Workflow

    2. Tracking ESES Infrastructures in the Global South


  • 75-85 Minutes (10 minutes): Report back (5 minutes each breakout)

    1. Repositories Workflow

    2. Tracking ESES Infrastructures in the Global South


  • 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 efforts, as well as users of ESES datasets in other domains anywhere in the world. We particularly welcome participants from Africa, Asia, South America and any other members 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, infrastructure development, vocabularies, and common data/digital services. This Interest Group will work towards coordinating and harmonizing: 

  1. Efforts within the ESES globally 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, and integration of ESES data with 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 most plenaries since Montreal. Here are the links to previous plenaries: 


16th RDA Plenary Costa Rica (November 2019): Digging Deeper - how do we globally describe, store and interoperate Earth, Space and Environmental Science Data 


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,


11th RDA Plenary Berlin IG Meeting (March 2018): Inaugural Meeting,


10th RD-A Plenary Montreal BoF (September 2017): EarthCube International Partnerships,

Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
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Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Meeting presenters: 
Shelley Stall, Danie Kinkade, Pedro Luiz Pizzigatti Corrêa, Fang Cheng, Helen Glaves, Lesley Wyborn