Near and Far: Highlighting Emerging Earthbound and Planetary Data Informatics Systems

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26 Feb 2022
Group(s) submitting the application: 
Meeting objectives: 


The goal of the Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences Interest Group (ESES-IG) is to work towards coordinating and harmonizing multiple international efforts, both in interdisciplinary and domain-specific FAIR 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 global community. 

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. Showcase four new projects and provide update on the ESES Complex Data Citation WG ;

  3. Further develop an  ESES-IG Working Group on ‘Coordinating ESES Data Preservation and Scholarly Publication Processes’; and

  4. Highlight existing emerging initiatives in planetary science informatics.

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.

  • 15-40 Minutes (25 minutes) Lighting presentations (5 minutes each) on global activities in Earth and Environmental Science Infrastructures

    1. The Earth and environmental science components of the CODATA/RDA WorldFAIR - Global cooperation on FAIR data policy and practice project (Lesley Wyborn)

    2. The ESIP Physical Samples CLuster Draft Journal Guidance for Physical Samples and Associated data (Sarah Ramdeen)

    3. Proposed ESES-IG Working Group on Earth, Space, and Environmental Science Complex Citation - Draft Case Statement 

    4. Open Call for RDA/EOSC Future Domain Ambassadors from the Earth and environmental Sciences (Beth Knazook)

    5. Existing and emerging planetary science informatics databases and infrastructures  (Kerstin Lehnert)

    6. Recognising the authoritative source version of Rock and MIneral Names (Speaker to be confirmed).

  • 40-85 Minutes (45 minutes): Breakout/deep dives

    Proposed Working Group on Coordinating ESES Data Preservation and Scholarly Publication Processes (Danie Kinkade)  

    1. Link to draft Case Statement

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

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 global community; and

  2. Cross discipline initiatives to accelerate the uptake of ESES data in other disciplines to accelerate real time machine to machine transdisciplinary data analysis and research. 

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: 

Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 
Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Meeting presenters: 
Lesley Wyborn, Shelley Stall, Danie Kincaide, Sarah Ramdeen, Kerstin Lehnert and some others to be confirmed.