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For over 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth observation data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the public. The theme of this year’s meeting is Leading Innovation in Earth Science Data Frontiers.
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Monday, July 19 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Emerging best-practices for publishing non-tabular, complex, and special-case ecological datasets

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Over the past several decades, considerable progress has been made in the development of metadata standards and formats for publishing Earth and environmental data. Repositories for scientific data products have also proliferated. In the ecological research community, much of this development has centered on publishing tabular data. As data products become more complex, voluminous, and distributed, there is a clear need to develop new methods to handle the creation, publication, and discovery of datasets that don’t fit within the standards and workflows established for the most common cases. In this session we address several special cases that have become increasingly common in Earth and environmental datasets, such as drone data, sequencing and genomic data, image or document collections, and datasets distributed across multiple repositories. Presentations will focus on emerging best-practices, metadata standards, specialized repositories, provenance metadata, and methods for linking datasets with disparate structures, metadata, or published locations. A breakout group session will foster collaboration and coordination among the numerous groups that are leading efforts in this area.

Session goals and preparation:

To prepare for the session, please think about what types of Earth, environmental, or ecological datasets you work with in your research or data management activities, and consider where there are gaps in your knowledge of how to publish, access, or use these datasets. In general, are session goals are:   
  1. Introduce participants to recent developments around publishing, discovering, and re-using modern ecological and environmental datasets.
  2. Answer the question: Should this community be doing more to develop best practices for publishing modern datasets as they become more complex and varied? (And what? how? where?)

During the session participants will enter notes and questions in a Collaborative Doc.

Session Agenda:
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Organizers & Speakers
avatar for Renée F. Brown

Renée F. Brown

Information Manager, McMurdo Dry Valleys LTER
dryland ecosystem ecology, biogeochemical cycles, global change, research data management, environmental sensor networks
avatar for Corinna Gries

Corinna Gries

Scientist, Environmental Data Initiative

Gregory Maurer

Data Scientist/Data Manager, New Mexico State University
An ecologist and the information manager for the Jornada Basin LTER, with research interests in global change, drylands, and data science.

Douglas Schuster

Manager, Data Engineering and Curation Section, NCAR/UCAR
avatar for Carl Boettiger

Carl Boettiger

Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley

Jane Wyngaard

University of Notre Dame
avatar for Michael Barton

Michael Barton

Director, CoMSES.Net
Professor in the School of Complex Adaptive Systems, in the School of Human Evolution & Social Change, and Director of the Center for Social Dynamics & Complexity at Arizona State University. My research centers around long-term human ecology and landscape dynamics, integrating computational... Read More →

Monday July 19, 2021 1:30pm - 3:00pm EDT