eScience Meeting December 14, 2012

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General Meeting Information


  • Brief of AGU Fall Meeting 2012 by attendees
  • ESIP Meeting in January, attendance? Presentations?
  • EGU 2013 conference (07 – 12 April 2013, Vienna, Austria)
    • Submission dealine is 09 January 2013
    • See Notes below for sessions of Data Publication, Software Publication, Big Data
    • Check EGU website for other sessions


  • Patrick
  • Yu
  • Peter
  • Linyun
  • Jin
  • Han
  • Joanne
  • Eric (remote)
  • Marshall
  • Stephan
  • Massimo

Past Action Items

Action Items


  • SISSvoc3 Linked Data API to NERC Vocabulary Services

AGU Fall Meeting 2012 wrap up

  • Peter
    • Good Meeting
    • Have 7 - 8 posters on Friday, got many comments.
    • Session Idea? need to plan ahead of time. Session proposal deadline around May, posters around August
    • Was there anything interesting that we should explore further?
    • Vocabulary Service - a brief survey at
    • If see interesting works at a conference, keep a record of links or docs, and share with the TW group
    • Tony Hey (Microsoft Research) is interested to have more discussion with us on OData
  • Stephan
    • Methodologies are interested
    • Linking with GCMD keyword, vocabulary service relate to GCMD keywords.
  • Marshall
    • Feedback on GCIS-IMSAP poster
      • David Arctur suggesting we use geospatial metadata
      • Deana Pennington suggesting user tag function on the NCA report website
      • Tyler S. on GCMD keywords for GCIS works
    • Feedback on exploratory visualization of geo-data with semantic web technology
      • BGS colleague showed interests to visualize rock type vocabulary
      • further collaboration with Simon Cox and Steve Richard in the geoscience vocabulary working group of IUGS-CGI
        • encoding is important
      • now refine the geo-time vocabulary with Simon Cox and develop a new pilot for GSSP information, and have some discussion with Mimi Katz at RPI
    • Networking
      • AGU-ESSI reception and Ignite talks
      • David Arctur suggested TW to obtain a membership at OGC
      • meet a few friends from across the world
  • Massimo
    • Great feedback from peopple involved in education (expecially from Helena Mitasova GIS teacher univ. North Caroline, OSGeo charter member, active GRASS developer)
    • Mike McCann (mbari) showed great interest commenting the poster "that how we all should do" (referring to the concept of "reproducibility of a scientific product)
    • Good chance to shared ideas and code to customize the IPython sw joining the work done by the Stephan Pascoe (space science & tehnology) he had a poster were show a customized IPython Notebook inteface
    • Ruth Duerr (National Snow and Ice Data Center) was really interested and gave a me a positive feedback
    • Joanne

Don't know if this is still of interest to this meeting (ontology evaluation)

    • Met with Mark Musen at ISWC and again at SWAT4LS and we scoped out some ideas for ontogy evauation simple experiements to identify ontology patterns that help peple create and use ontologies (need to write up these notes).
    • Was asked to participate in the Ontology Summit 2013, which again is on Ontology evaluation. Met Yesterdday on line - for discussion about the general topics (pre-lanuch) and how the meeting wil be organized, and who will lead in the various roles. Incuding the dates (will be in April). Today we met to solidify how many and what tracks.

ESIP Winter Meeting 2013

Second Major Meeting for eScience
Washintong DC
Peter, Stephan, Jin, Marshall, and Eric will attend
Will have session for Global Change Information System

  • Stephan will give a 15-minute talk during the GCIS session

We will have big presence in the meeting
Can participate remotely
Jin will be submitting a poster to the meeting (GCIS)
Eric submitting poster and note-taking for Discovery cluster

ESIP working groups and clusters share mutual interests with works of TW staff and students
ESIP provides student fellowships

EGU 2013

  • We may need at least one attendee at EGU as a representative of TW, to give a number of presentation
  • Massimo mentioned there is funding resource from EGU for early career scientists, covering a part of the travel cost
  • A part of EGU 2013 sessions

GI1.2 Data publishing: paving the way to data-intensive science


Convener: Michael Diepenbroek
Co-Conveners: Jens Klump, Jan Brase

Publishing data has an overall positive impact on the quality and availability of scientific data. It is essential for the transparency of scientific work and also provides the necessary incentives for data producers. Existing procedures are varying and cannot be seen as final.
Crucial is that data sets are consistently structured, that they are citable and fully documented, so the quality can be estimated and usage of data is reliable and efficient. Citability includes usage of persistent identifiers (as Digital Object Identifiers – DOI) for referencing published data entities, which may either be supplementary to a traditional publication or standalone data publications. To ensure the data quality peer-review like procedures for publishing data are indicated. Data publication services need to be integrated into the traditional science publication process. They require a coherent system consisting of libraries, science publishers and certified data repositories as e.g. supplied by the new ICSU World Data System (WDS).

Presentations might address one or more of the following topics
- Data publication workflows (incl. cross-linking issues between journals & data archives)
- Trustworthiness of data archives (certification and accreditation)
- Peer review models and QA/QC procedures
- Persistent identifier & Catalogues
- Bibliometrics
- Data citation issues (syntax, granularity etc.)
- Intellectual Property Rights & Licensing
- Metadata & data exchange standards
- Editorial systems for data
- Business models
- User experiences, expectations, and needs
- New concepts (linked data, open data, clouds)

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) for Geoinformatics and Geosciences

Convener: Peter Löwe
Co-Conveners: Jens Klump, Alessandro Frigeri, Margherita Di Leo

This session focuses on the growing role of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) with a special emphasis on the interoperability among existing and future FOSS-tools within Geoinformatics. The session will be a forum for both the latest advances in FOSS-empowered research and also successful applications of existing FOSS tools for geoscientific tasks.

Data-Driven Approach in GeoSciences

Convener: Mike Sips
Co-Conveners: Torsten Möller , Rick Brownrigg

A comprehensive and rigorous analysis of data has successfully led to a better understanding of complex systems in domains such as biology and physics, and financial markets and businesses as well. The basic idea of these data-driven approaches is to seek for characteristic patterns hidden in the data to help users to increase the efficiency to gain insight into how complex systems work and behave. Hence, data-driven approaches become widely used in many domains today. The subject-matter of geosciences is to study processes of system Earth which are often not completely understood. We propose to establish a data-driven approach in geosciences as a key to future success of earth and space science informatics (ESSI).

New Data Paradigms, Modeling, and International Collaboration Strategies for Earth System Sciences

Convener: David Arctur
Co-Conveners: Dan Lunt, Mohan Ramamurthy, Monique Petitdidier, Bryan Lawrence, Sandro Fiore, Kerstin Lehnert, Luit Jan Slooten, Pierre-Philippe MATHIEU

Increasingly, the conduct of science requires strong international scientific partnerships and sharing of knowledge, information, data, and other assets. This is particularly true in the geosciences where the highly coupled nature of the earth system and the need to understand global environmental processes and their regional linkages have brought to the fore the importance of and growing need for collaborations and partnerships across national and continental boundaries.

The climate system is far too complex a puzzle to be unravelled by individual researchers, groups or even nations. It is increasingly important to allow disparate organizations around the world to share data in an open manner, using common "community agreed" standards for web-based exchange. Collaboration on simulation software development is equally important. Truly integrated models of the Earth system require expertise that is beyond any individual institute, hence the need for reusable libraries/components/programs that are easily coupled to others.

The importance of institutional collaboration is resulting in international team efforts involving networked scientists and data providers to provide free, open, authoritative sources of quality data and software that are available with reliable and timely access for peer review and for collaborative purposes. Several of these collaborations and related technologies are presented in this session.