Continuing the Circle of Life of Earth and Environmental Science Data Infrastructure Projects: Maturing PARSEC and ENVRI-FAIR, Beginning New Adventures…

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31 Oct 2022
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Meeting objectives: 

The goal of the Earth, Space and Environmental Sciences Interest Group (ESES-IG) is to work towards coordinating and harmonising 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 of the session include:

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

  • Showcasing new projects; and

  • Reviewing two maturing projects (PARSEC, ENVRI-FAIR): what can we learn from them?

Meeting agenda: 


Collaborative session notes:

  • 0-5 Minutes (5 minutes): Introduction (Lesley Wyborn, ANU)

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

    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.

  • 10-35 Minutes (25 minutes): a set of lighting presentations (3 minutes each) on new developments in Earth and Environmental Science Data Infrastructures as follows:

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

    2. The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) Planet Thematic Research Data Commons (Kerry Levett, ARDC

    3. FAIR Implementation Profiles as machine-readable descriptions of domain-relevant community standards (Barbara Magana)

    4. 2023 Year of Open Science (Shelley Stall, AGU)

    5. Proposed RDA Earth, Space and Enviornmental Science Community of Practice (Shelley Stall, AGU).

    6. ESES-IG Working Group on Earth, Space, and Environmental Science Complex Citation - Case Statement (Martina Stockhause, German Climate Centre)

    7. Proposed Working Group on Coordinating ESES Data Preservation and Scholarly Publication Processes - Draft Case Statement Danie Kinkade, WHOI)

  • 35-85 Minutes (50 minutes): two Deep Dives on two mature projects that have been building interdisciplinary data sharing frameworks and are nearing completion.

    1. PARSEC (Building New Tools for Data Sharing and Re-use through a Transnational Investigation of the Socioeconomic Impacts of Protected Areas) (Alison Specht, University of Queensland)

    2. ENVRI-FAIR  A Multidisciplinary System for Environmental Research (Keith Jeffery, UKRI/BGS and Helen Glaves, BGS)

         Each project will discuss:

  1. What key data sharing infrastructures were developed by these two maturing projects?

  2. What were the key success factors in these projects?

  3. Is there unfinished work that could be pursued in other, future projects?

85-90 Minutes (5 minutes): Wrap up and next steps (Lesley Wyborn, ANU).

Target Audience: 

Our target audience includes participants and their organisations 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 harmonising: 

  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 domain 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 ESES-IG 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: 
Working meeting
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Meeting presenters: 
Co-chairs + invited speakers