New Developments in Earth and Environmental Science Data Infrastructures and Repositories

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06 Aug 2021
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Meeting objectives: 

The Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences Interest Group (ESES-IG) works towards coordinating and harmonizing multiple international efforts, both in general and domain-specific data infrastructure development, vocabularies, and common data/digital services.  Through open communication, the ESES-IG seeks to reduce possible duplication, increase efficiency, share use cases, and promote partnerships and adoption in the community. For P18, the session will be introducing several new projects/initiatives and be giving updates on one that was presented in previous plenaries. A block of time will also be devoted to reviewing the current format of the group and of the plenary sessions.

The objectives are:

  1. Continue mapping the landscape of Earth, space and environmental data infrastructures and vocabulary resources: further refinement of the ESES-IG catalogues.

  2. Showcasing several new projects and updating an existing ones

  3. Introducing and setting up two new ESES-IG Working Groups

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes:


  • 0-5 Minutes (5 minutes): Introduction and allowing time for getting the virtual system going (Helen Glaves).

  • 5-15 Minutes (10 minutes); Review the current status of our two key ESES IG supporting outputs (Lesley Wyborn). Both of these are crowd-sourced: please contribute if you know of any resources that could be added to either.

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

    2. The Semantic Resources Catalogue which contains lists of vocabulary/ ontology repositories, cross domain vocabulary infrastructures, activities creating and aggregating semantic assets. 

  • 15-45 Minutes (30 minutes) Lighting presentations on global activities in Earth and Environmental Science Infrastructures

    1. FAIR guidelines for Information Quality International Community Guidelines for Sharing and Reusing Quality Information of Individual Earth Science Datasets (Ge Peng) 

    2. GEO In Situ Data Strategy (Helen Glaves/Florian Franziskakis)

    3. OneGeochemistry (Marthe Klocking) 

    4. Transforming Water, Weather, and Climate Information through In Situ observations for Geo-Services in AFRICA ( (Frank Annor) 

    5. PARSEC update on Vocabulary work: (Co-located RDA P17 Workshop ( ) Data Dictionary:( Cookbook (Pedro Corrêa)

    6. The ESIP Data Management Training Clearing House. (Karl Benedict and Nancy Hoebelheinrich) 

  • 45-75 Minutes (30 minutes): Two Breakouts on two new ESES-IG Working Groups

    1. Coordinating ESES Data Preservation and Scholarly Publication Processes (Danie Kinkade)  

    2. Earth, Space, and Environmental Science Complex Citation (Shelley Stall) 

  • 75-85 Minutes (10 minutes): Circle back and open discussion on the two ESES working group proposals

  • 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 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 most plenaries since Montreal. Here are the links to previous plenaries: 


17th RDA Plenary Edinburgh (April 2021) Making Global Connections in Earth and Environmental Science Data Infrastructures and Repositories. 


16th RDA Plenary Costa Rica (November 2020): 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: 
Informative meeting
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