[Wf-cg] Notes from meeting of groups with NSF, and URGENT action on AGU session
gil at isi.edu
Thu Apr 19 13:22:37 CDT 2012
I attended a call with NSF for the leads of all 6 EarthCube groups.
This was the first telecon with representation of all groups and of
NSF, there will be one every two weeks. If someone is interested in
representing our group at the next call (May 3 at 10am), please let me
My notes from the call are below. Urgent item is to propose an AGU
session, proposals are due tomorrow evening (http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2012/scientific-program/session-proposal-guideline/
). Would someone familiar with AGU be willing to lead this? I don't
think this is a lot of work, pretty much a one paragraph description
of the session. Please let me know ASAP!
Let me know if you have any questions on any of the topics below. We
can also discuss on Monday.
Yolanda Gil, USC/ISI
NOTES FROM TELECON WITH NSF AND ALL 6 EARTHCUBE GROUPS
April 19, 2012
- Introduction of people at NSF now involved in EarthCube: Barbara
Ransom (GEO), Jennifer Schopf (GEO/OCI), Almadena Chtchelkanova
(CISE), Irene Lombardo (OCI).
- Participants from each of the groups: lee.allison at azgs.az.gov, pitlab at vt.edu
, gil at isi.edu, rramachandran at itsc.uah.edu, tanum at ci.uchicago.edu, baru at sdsc.edu
COORDINATION ACROSS GROUPS
- We should be actively engaging other groups that participated in our
EoIs, as well as other EoIs that were submitted. - Each group is
encouraged to have liaisons with other groups. NSF wants a technical
liaison for each group. NSF will attach an NSF liaison to every group.
- Need to coordinate the surveys from all the groups. NSF will
circulate the survey that was done in the November charrette. There
is a social science group that is working on community surveys.
Groups that have specific questions that they want to ask, they can do
their own surveys and exercise their contact networks (eg the
semantics group EoIs each had 8-10 participants). To reach out to the
long tail, NSF is going to have smaller workshops for specific
disciplines: what do they need in their discipline, what do they need
from other disciplines, etc. These survey activities will be reported
at the June meeting.
- NSF is planning a weekly newsletter, where each group can send
blurbs of what has happened that week and what is happening the
ORGANIZING GROUP ACTIVITIES
- Each group should post their events on the EarthCube site. It
should be possible to post recurring events (eg weekly calls). Notes/
summaries of the events should be sent to the group mailing list and
posted in the group site.
- To support group events, NSF has contracted Andy Burnett of
knowinnovation.com (andy.burnett at knowinnovation.com) who can
facilitate discussions. Erin Robinson of ESIP can support virtual
meetings (erinrobinson at esipfed.org) as well. The Governance group is
setting up a site to post all the meeting recordings together across
EarthCube. For any other issues regarding support the NSF contact is jschopf at nsf.gov
- Any documents stored outside of the EarthCube site should have
pointers to them from the EarthCube site. Google docs and dropbox are
ok to use, as long as the EarthCube site has a pointer to them. The
approach that the Workflow group is following is a good one, where
they will post on EarthCube the major events and activities that are
"tabs" on the Google site.
- For F2F meetings, Erin Robinson can support Webex and can help set
up a camera to show the presenters. Make sure the hotel room has a
phone to support appropriate audio.
- NSF talks about "the EarthCube community", which could mean
infrastructure people, end users, those involved directly in
EarthCube, etc. NSF means all of those, with a very strong emphasis
on end users. A general concern is engaging end users in the current
EarthCube activities. Right now, it is hard for end users to
participate, they come to the web site and they do not get much out of
it. At the November charrette, the participants were 75% end users,
20%, 5% NGOs and government people. It is high priority to keep them
involved. NSF has spent millions building infrastructure for them,
and then end users do not come. The Workflow group suggested redoing
the front page of the EarthCube site to give a high level overview of
what is happening and advertise the June meeting. NSF wants us to do
whatever we can to involve end users, from our EoIs and other
- The Governance group is proposing a "union" session about EarthCube
(but AGU does not allow mentioning EarthCube explicitly). It would be
useful if each group submitted a session proposal. These are due
Friday evening (tomorrow!), see details at http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2012/scientific-program/session-proposal-guideline/
. See Lee Allison's message below on behalf of the Governance group.
- NSF would like a draft of the roadmap 5 days prior to the June
meeting. For any of the 10 items requested by NSF that a group cannot
fully address, the group should specify the process to be followed to
fill those out. At the end of the June meeting, NSF wants to have a
collection of documents that describe reasonably robust roadmaps for
EarthCube that reflect the community's vision. Based on the roadmaps,
there will be a competition for a coalition of partners to implement
that roadmap as a Working Group.
- The concept awards have also been asked to create roadmaps.
- At NSF, EarthCube is important not just for GEO but also for other
directorates (OCI, CISE). If the roadmaps are successful, they can
serve as a model across NSF for other projects similar to this.
From: "Lee Allison" <lee.allison at azgs.az.gov>
Date: April 19, 2012 11:08:00 AM PDT
To: "'Schopf, Jennifer'" <jschopf at nsf.gov>, <pitlab at vt.edu>, <gil at isi.edu
>, <rramachandran at itsc.uah.edu>, <tanum at ci.uchicago.edu>, <baru at sdsc.edu
Cc: "'NSF Earth Cube'" <earthcube at nsf.gov>, "'Chtchelkanova, Almadena
Y.'" <achtchel at nsf.gov>
Subject: Resend of suggestion to submit EarthCube technical sessions
to AGU - due Friday midnight EDT
Colleagues, with the endorsement of the AGU Earth & Space Science
Informatics Executive Committee, we are submitting a proposal to AGU
for a Union session at the Fall Meeting that would include the work
each of you is doing in your EarthCube work group or concept team
(attached). If accepted, we anticipate having a speaker from each of
your teams providing an overview of your project, so that
collectively, we present an complete review of the EarthCube
initiative. AGU does not allow ‘branding’ of Union sessions, so it
cannot reference EarthCube specifically, but we think we readily
described what’s going on without naming it explicitly.
We’d like to propose that each of the EarthCube groups also submit a
separate technical session proposal that would provide a more in depth
and comprehensive review of the topics you are addressing. These
complimentary sessions collectively could create an unprecedented
integrated program in informatics at the meeting.
Proposals are due April 20. Guidelines, session viewer, and session
proposal site can be found on the AGU Fall Meeting session proposal
Web site - http://fallmeeting.agu.org/2012/scientific-program/session-proposal-guideline/
Chair/PI, EarthCube Governance Roadmap Steering Committee
M. Lee Allison
State Geologist & Director
Arizona Geological Survey
416 W. Congress St., #100
Tucson, AZ 85701
lee.allison at azgs.az.gov
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