EarthChem and the Earth Materials Data Infrastructure (EMDI)

May 2012. On May 24, 2012, EarthChem participated in the inaugural meeting of the Founders' Committee of the Earth Materials Data Infrastructure (EMDI) effort. The meeting was hosted by the Deep Carbon Observatory Secretariat at the Geophysical Lab of the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The purpose of EMDI is to link relevant existing databases related to mineralogy, petrology, volcanology and thermochemistry into a single data framework to promote interdisciplinary communication and collaborative science. EMDI is envisioned to become an engine of creative new research, to empower the broader scientific community and to expand scientific frontiers.


The inaugural EMDI meeting included Elizabeth Cottrell (Smithsonian Institution), Robert Downs (University of Arizona), Peter Fox (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute), Mark Ghiorso (University of Washington), Robert Hazen (Carnegie Institution of Washington), and Kerstin Lehnert (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory). Russell Hemley, Director of the Geophysical Laboratory, presented an opening greeting. DCO staff, including Craig Schiffries (DCO Director), Andrea Mangum (DCO Program Manager), and Lauren Cryan (Program Associate), also attended the meeting.


(Photo: P. Fox, K. Lehnert, C. Schiffries holding M. Ghiorso, R. Hazen, and R. Downs. Not pictured: E. Cottrell.)