Nov 2012. EarthChem has established new collaborations with various geoinformatics and science partners to build new data collections, software tools, and interoperable data exchange that will support a wide range of Earth Science disciplines and major science programs in the future. They will broaden EarthChem's data holdings, and contribute to the advancement of a sustainable cyberinfrastructure, particularly for the petrology and geochemistry domains.
- CZOData: EarthChem will contribute to the development of a data infrastructure for the Critical Zone Observatories (CZO), named CZOData, building a web-based version of the CZchemDB database of soil geochemistry that was developed and maintained at Pennsylvania State University by S. Brantley and her team. This will enable geochemical data from studies of the Critical Zone to be integrated with the diverse data types acquired by CZOs in the CZOData system, and with other geochemical data at the EarthChem Portal. Read more.
- DiamondDB: EarthChem has started to work with researchers of the Diamond and Mantle Geodynamics of Carbon project of the Deep Carbon Observatory to develop a synthesis of diamond and diamond inclusion data and a virtual catalog of diamond samples. The work will be performed in close collaboration with the DCO Data Science team. Read more.
- DECADE Gas Emissions: EarthChem will work with researchers of the Deep Carbon Observatory Reservors & Fluxes Directorate who are involved in the DECADE initiative (Deep Earth Carbon Degassing) to build a data collection of CO2 volcanic gas emission measurements and integrate these data with the volcanic rock geochemistry at the EarthChem Portal and the database of the Global Volcanism Program.
- DESC: The Digital Environment for Sample Curation DESC is a new initiative closely related to the System of Earth Sample Registration SESAR at IEDA/EarthChem to build a shared cyberinfrastructure for sample repositories, institutions, and investigators to manage their sample collections and make them accessible online. The planning of DESC has been funded by the NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure, and will involve a workshop of sample curators and cyberinfrastructure experts (expected March/April 2013) to gather requirements for the system and the development of an implementation plan in collaboration with the Renaissance Computing Institute RENCI, the National Lacustrine Core Facility LacCore, Oregon State University's Marine Geology Repository, the Arizona Geological Survey.
- LEPR (Library of Experimental Phase Relations): Dr. Mark Ghiorso from OFM-Research recently started a close collaboration with EarthChem to advance integration and interoperability between the LEPR database of experimental phase relations, the MELTS modeling software, and the EarthChem data systems.
- ODM2.0: EarthChem is part of a project funded by the Earth Sciences Division of the US NSF to develop a community information model and related software to enable web based interoperability of earth observations derived from sensors and samples that span now discrete data and informatics initiatives for multiple communities. Read more.
VentDB: Major Data Synthesis of Seafloor Hydrothermal Spring Geochemistry Released in the EarthChem Library
Nov 2012. A suite of 19 regional syntheses of seafloor hydrothermal spring geochemistry have been compiled by Michael Mottl (University of Hawaii) in collaboration with EarthChem as part of the NSF-funded VentDB project and are now accessible in the EarthChem Library. Each synthesis is available as an .xls spreadsheet that contains a complete compilation of geochemical data measured from hydrothermal spring samples collected ina geographically well defined area (e.g., Galapagos Spreading Center, EPR 21N, Guaymas, etc.). The complete suite contains data from over 140 publications. For detailed information about the VentDN synthesis, please download the explanatory notes (doi:10.1594/IEDA/100207).
Nov 2012. As part of the EarthCube initiative, NSF is convening a series of workshops to identify critical cyberinfrastructure needs and opportunities in the geosciences. Within this effort, the Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences working group is seeking to gather information and input in the general domain of paleoenvironmental and paleobiological sciences. To this end, we invite you to participate in three ways:
1) Attend our Town Hall meeting at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to learn about the EarthCube initiative, discuss community needs and opportunities, and provide input. The AGU town hall meeting will be held:
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 5:30-7:00pm in Room Pacific C at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel (55 Fourth Street).
2) Take our community survey to assess current community cyberinfrastructure resources and utilization. Please take the survey! We need your input whether or not you're participating in another capacity, and your responses will ensure that our community is well-represented within the EarthCube initiative.
3) Apply to attend our workshop in Minneapolis, February 4-6, 2013 with representatives drawn from across the paleoenvironmental and paleobiological sciences. We will synthesize and summarize the inputs from the GSA and AGU town halls and survey. The steering committee will select participants from the applicant pool to ensure broad community representation. Full travel support will be provided to all participants.
For more information about these events and the Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences working group, see our webpage at the EarthCube website. If you are interested in participating, please sign up on that webpage.
Thanks to all,
Nov 2012. Elsevier has placed a pod with information about bidirectional linking to the EarthChem database on the homepage of each of the 23 journals with this linking. The announcement explains how the linking works, what authors need to do, and how readers, database users, authors, and databases benefit from this linking between articles and datasets.
The journals are:
- Applied Geochemistry
- Chemical Geology
- Earth and Planetary Science Letters
- Earth-Science Reviews
- Engineering Geology
- Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta
- Gondwana Research
- Journal of African Earth Sciences
- Journal of Asian Earth Sciences
- Journal of Geochemical Exploration
- Journal of Geodynamics
- Journal of South American Earth Sciences
- Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
- Marine Geology
- Ore Geology Reviews
- Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
- Physics of The Earth and Planetary Interiors
- Precambrian Research
- Quaternary Geochronology
- Quaternary International
- Quaternary Research
- Quaternary Science Reviews