Collaborative Research: Facility: Next Generation Interoperable Data Infrastructure for Geoscience Sample Data (EarthChem, LEPR/traceDs, SESAR): IEDA Reinvented

Lead PI: Dr. Kerstin A. Lehnert , Peng Ji , Lucia Profeta

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

June 2022 - July 2027
Active
North America ; United States
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: Society relies more and more on data to survive. Researchers need to make sure that data they create are openly accessible, protected for the future, and can be used again for further research and teaching purposes within the community. They need a home for their data that stores and curates the data and makes it accessible online to other researchers and others who may be interested in the use of the data. In this project, three data systems in the Earth Sciences (EarthChem, SESAR, LEPR/traceDs) that have for over 15 years served as digital libraries for data are joining forces through the IEDA2 facility to create better data sharing tools and practices and to make it easier for anybody to discover and access data from previously disconnected studies in a single location. These new tools will help humans as well as machines access data faster and with accuracy. EarthChem is an open data provider for the geochemical, petrological, mineralogical, and related communities. EarthChem’s services include data publication, data preservation, discovery, access, and visualization. In this project, EarthChem will undertake essential developments to modernize and optimize technical implementation, enhance user functions, expand accessible data holdings, and engage with a broad community of users and data facilities to establish best practices and interoperability standards for geochemical data. EarthChem will restructure and reengineer its systems to ensure that its data services scale to evolving community demands and that operations are optimized for efficiency, resilience, and sustainability. New developments and applications of data science approaches will support next generation modes of data-driven research by improving both human and machine-readable interfaces for discovery, access, visualization, and analysis of content in EarthChem data systems. The Library of Experimental Phase Relations (LEPR) and traceDs are databases that comprise results of published experimental studies involving liquid-solid-fluid phase equilibria relevant to natural magmatic systems. Data compiled into LEPR/traceDs will be connected to the EarthChem Synthesis for broader access in order to support modeling and data analytics. SESAR is a unique repository for sample metadata that provides services to make samples more discoverable and interoperable. SESAR will expand its user community beyond geochemistry and the Earth Sciences. In addition, SESAR’s services will move to a new, independent, multi-disciplinary infrastructure for sample registration, a separately funded collaborative effort with cyberinfrastructure providers in biology, genomics, and archeology. IEDA2 will also substantially increase engagement with the communities and users it serves, specifically students and early-career researchers (ECRs). Online and in-person workshops for researchers and educators to learn about using IEDA2 resources that will be run and promoted in collaboration with the Science Education Resource Center SERC and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), aim to expand the reach of the data facility, while recruiting and supporting a new and diverse generation of geoscientists. Activities with students, educators, and researchers at City College of New York, South Dakota Mines, and Oglala Lakota College will broaden participation in data science. Integration of the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance into IEDA2 will support the community-wide adoption of these ethics in sample and sample data. EarthChem is an open data provider for the geochemical, petrological, mineralogical, and related communities. EarthChem’s services include data publication, data preservation, discovery, access, and visualization. In this project, EarthChem will undertake essential developments to modernize and optimize technical implementation, enhance user functions, expand accessible data holdings, and engage with a broad community of users and data facilities to establish best practices and interoperability standards for geochemical data. EarthChem will restructure and reengineer its systems to ensure that its data services scale to evolving community demands and that operations are optimized for efficiency, resilience, and sustainability. New developments and applications of data science approaches will support next generation modes of data-driven research by improving both human and machine-readable interfaces for discovery, access, visualization, and analysis of content in EarthChem data systems. The Library of Experimental Phase Relations (LEPR) and traceDs are databases that comprise results of published experimental studies involving liquid-solid-fluid phase equilibria relevant to natural magmatic systems. Data compiled into LEPR/traceDs will be connected to the EarthChem Synthesis for broader access in order to support modeling and data analytics. SESAR is a unique repository for sample metadata that provides services to make samples more discoverable and interoperable. SESAR will expand its user community beyond geochemistry and the Earth Sciences. In addition, SESAR’s services will move to a new, independent, multi-disciplinary infrastructure for sample registration, a separately funded collaborative effort with cyberinfrastructure providers in biology, genomics, and archeology. IEDA2 will also substantially increase engagement with the communities and users it serves, specifically students and early-career researchers (ECRs). Online and in-person workshops for researchers and educators to learn about using IEDA2 resources that will be run and promoted in collaboration with the Science Education Resource Center SERC and the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT), aim to expand the reach of the data facility, while recruiting and supporting a new and diverse generation of geoscientists. Activities with students, educators, and researchers at City College of New York, South Dakota Mines, and Oglala Lakota College will broaden participation in data science. Integration of the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance into IEDA2 will support the community-wide adoption of these ethics in sample and sample data.

BROADER IMPACTS: IEDA2 will substantially increase its engagement with the communities and users it serves, including students and early-career researchers (ECRs). IEDA2 syntheses and tools support their wellbeing by enabling them to do advanced analyses and meta-analyses with less work, and more reproducibly. Online and in-person workshops for researchers and educators in using IEDA2 resources, run and promoted in collaboration with SERC and NAGT, will expand our reach while recruiting and supporting a new and diverse generation of geoscientists. Activities with students, educators, and researchers at City College of New York, South Dakota Mines, and Oglala Lakota College will broaden participation in data science. Integration of the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance into IEDA2 will support the community-wide adoption of these ethics in sample and sample data. IEDA has helped drive and facilitate a major culture shift in the geosciences toward data sharing over the past 15 years; IEDA2 will continue to educate current and new users while being guided by community feedback through usability studies to ensure that its services respond to and align with user needs.

SPONSOR:

National Science Foundation

FUNDED AMOUNT:

$4,002,587

RESEARCH TEAM:

Sarah Ramdeeen, Roger Nielsen, Gokce Ustunisik, Karin Block-Cora, Michael Grossberg, J Douglas Walker, Cailin Huyuck Orr, Nate Tenhundfeld

EXTERNAL COLLABORATORS:

South Dakota Mines, CUNY City College, University of Kansas, University of Arizona, Carleton College, University of Alabama Huntsville

WEBSITE:

https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=2148939&HistoricalAwards=false

KEYWORDS

data science climate modeling community curated data repositories

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