Supporting Antarctic Research with Ongoing Operations and Development of the USAP-DCProject Catalog and Data Repository

Lead PI: Dr. Frank O Nitsche , Kirsty J Tinto

Unit Affiliation: Marine and Polar Geophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

December 2022 - November 2027
North America
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: Scientific data from Antarctica are valuable, often unique research assets. Preservation of these data increases the return on the significant public investment for acquisition, enabling future re-use for new analyses, and supports scientific reproducibility ensuring that observations behind scientific publications are available for others to review. The US Antarctic Program Data Center (USAP-DC) contributes to the preservation and discoverability of research data acquired with funding from NSF?s Office of Polar Programs by providing a repository for diverse research data from the Antarctic region. USAP-DC provides a space for researchers to share their data and assists them in making their data as Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reproducible (FAIR) as possible. USAP-DC enables finding and accessing datasets through web-based search and map interfaces, and by sharing and distributing metadata information of the different datasets widely with other search tools and catalogs. With full open access to interfaces to search for and download data, USAP-DC makes a wide range of data products resulting from NSF-funded research in Antarctica publicly available and thus supports the NSF mission to provide broad access to data and enable their use and reuse. The USAP-DC also aims to increase data literacy and participation in Antarctic science by working with students and early career researchers from under-represented groups to facilitate access to data resources. USAP-DC will continue to provide and improve a broad range of data repository and discovery services. New developments will be designed to encourage data submissions that are more aligned with the FAIR principles. This includes tutorials and best practice guides for data submissions as well as establishing a FAIRness score for datasets. This score will provide feedback to data providers on how Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable their data are. In addition, we will overhaul the user interface and search functions to keep the designs current and further expand findability and usability of datasets. This includes the development of preview functions for specific dataset types and options for users to provide more detailed location information.

BROADER IMPACTS: With full open access to interfaces to search for and download data, USAP-DC makes a wide range of data products resulting from NSF-funded research in Antarctica publicly available. We will continue to serve the Antarctic research community, and also work to expand the use of Antarctic data into classroom settings at K-12 and undergraduate levels, with a focus on communities underrepresented in STEM. We plan to hold annual virtual workshops for new investigators and early career scientists to introduce them to USAP-DC and data management practices. Based on experience from other projects, we will engage with educators from Polar STEAM programs and other teaching networks. We will engage with undergraduate students directly as summer interns for data FAIRness projects and target these positions especially to students from minority serving institutions such as the City University of New York colleges