ESIP in the Global Informatics Community: 3 Diverse Perspectives and Opportunities


This panel-style session will present three synergistic but diverse global informatics initiatives, each of which brings a unique perspective to the conversation: Belmont Forum E-Infrastructures & Data Management Collaborative Research Action (funding agencies), COOPEUS Project (bottom-up, project-to-project), and Global Policy and Institutions: United Nations and More (international policy frameworks).  This session will begin with brief presentation on each initiative, followed by panelist and then audience Q&A.  This session presents an excellent opportunity for the ESIP community to learn more about, and get involved with, leading global informatics intiatives.

Belmont Forum E-Infrastructures & Data Management Collaborative Research Action

The Belmont Forum, a global coalition of science funding agencies, is supporting a 21-month effort to prioritize international funding opportunities and long-term policy recommendations to promote a more coordinated, holistic, and sustainable approach to funding and supporting global change research. This presentation will focus on preliminary recommendations, new directions based on Belmont Forum feedback, relationships to other Belmont Forum initiatives, and possible funding and policy mechanisms that might be implemented as a result of this project.  


The COOPEUS project (COOPeration EU-US) employs a bottom-up approach to establishing information and infrastructure interoperability among and between international research infrastructures across 5 environmental science domains in Europe and the United States. This presentation will outline the COOPEUS approach to overcoming the challenges of interoperability and describe some of our successes and opportunities for community engagement in these efforts.

Global Policy and Institutions: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and More

Global sustainability and development agendas will be set during 2015 and will need assessment, observations and data support. This presentation will provide a description of anticipated action and suggest ways that science data can plug into institutional processes among UN entities and other global institutions.

ESIP in the Global Informatics Community: 3 Diverse Perspectives and Opportunities; Winter Meeting 2015. ESIP Commons , October 2014

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Building international community around environmental data interoperatbility --- Lee Allison: Belmont Forum "e-infrastruture and data management for global change research" BF - formed from 15 funding agencies - premise is that national funding agencies can't fund collaborative research for global change research. 1 funding proposal through many countries. Major dilemma was moving data across borders (intellectual property) and disciplines. Collaboratie Research Actions - across three nations - across more than one discipline - related to environmental issues To carry out this mission, NSF and NERC have funded an assembly of 120 members from law, science, technology, etc. In September, an interim report ( was created to map progress, and gather short term recommendations for the assembly before major funding initiatives were developed. Near term recommendations (4): 1. Establish social elements and coordination 2. Create working groups and promote training activities 3. Foster active data management and stewardship principles (that DMPs are actually funded) 4. Provide support for the development of case studies and exemplars Funding mechanisms: One of a number of combination of forms - networks - a call to run summer school - small scale projects - large scale projects - anything that meets the Data principles (4 broad categories): Discoverability; Accessibility, Usability, Preservation, and Curation Broader Impacts - (to support e-infrastructure in a "sustainable way") --- Lindsey - COOPEUS (NSF and EU collaboration) "Building international community around environmental data interoperatbility" Focused on interoperability - Large-scale environmental data issues are not often addressed collectively - either through standards development, or through sharing data initiatives Interopraibility is focused on three types of infrastructure = 1. information, 2. physical, and 3. support Current work is focused on : Gap analysis sot identify obstacles to interoperability, producing use cases. Workshops focused on early-career scientists on how to use large observatory data. --- UN General Assembly Processes - 2015 Sustainable development goals: Millennium development goals are ending this year, and the UN general assembly will article goals for 2030 The EPA believes that there will be much policy pressure for increased data support - UN general assembly post 2015 development agenda calls for "data revolution": - increasing expect ions for visualization and analytics - policy response to rio+20 and green economy SEEA - System of Environmental and Economic Activity Stresses the need for earth observation data to be useful and usable by statistics community within international development and aid (i.e. WCB, and UN)