CSIRO CESS reporting
Name of Symposium
Linking environmental data and samples
Name of scientist submitting the report
Simon J D Cox
Date of Symposium
29 May - 2 June 2017
Include if it was part of a larger conference, location of symposium, aims and collaborating organisations.
The International Symposium on Linking Environmental Data and Samples was held at CSIRO Black Mountain, and brought together leading researchers in earth and environmental informatics, to examine the current state of the art in environmental science data publication and its use of modern web principles. The focus was on linking data, with a particular interest in the integration of physical samples with datasets based on these, with a goal of triggering the adoption of uniform practices across Australia and internationally. The symposium was not formally part of any series, but built on existing networks primarily from (i) earth sciences and (ii) biodiversity, as well as work on data standards and services undertaken over >20 years in CSIRO Minerals and CSIRO Land and Water (and predecessors).
The design of the symposium built on the experience of the highly successful Earth Science Information Partnership (ESIP) series that has been running for more than two decades in North America. The Executive Director of ESIP (USA) was part of the organizing committee, along with two CSIRO business units (Minerals, Land and Water) and representatives of the National Computational Infrastructure (ANU) and the Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (Columbia University, USA).
Key to the success of the symposium was strong involvement from all the earth-and-environmental-science oriented NCRIS facilities (ALA, AuScope, IMOS, TERN, as well as ANDS) and the relevant public sector agencies and departments (GA, BoM, DoEE). A large number of other organizations were involved - see affiliations of invited speakers below, and the list of attendees on the Symposium website.
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Simon J D Cox, Jens Klump, May Ling Goode - CSIRO
Lesley Wyborn - ANU / ANDS
Kerstin Lehnert - Columbia University (USA)
Erin Robinson - Earth Science Information Partners (USA)
Number of Registrants
Invited Guest Speakers
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Lee Belbin - Taxonomic Databases Working Group - Biodiversity informatics
Dave Blodgett - US Geological Survey (USA) - Hydrology / informatics
Cyndy Chandler - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (USA) - Oceanography & marine informatics
Doug Fils - Ocean Leadership (USA) - Oceanography & marine informatics
Peter Fox - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA) - Earth and space science informatics / semantics
Jeremy Groves - Dept. of the Environment and Energy - Environmental informatics
Rob Guralnick - University of Florida (USA) - Life science informatics / curator
Siddeswara Guru - University of Queensland - Ecosystem informatics
Donald Hobern - Global Biodiversity Information Facility (Denmark) - Life science informatics
Wim Hugo - South African Environmental Observation Network (South Africa) - Data and information publication
Kerstin Lehnert - Columbia University (USA) - Geochemistry / Earth sciencce informatics
Brent McInnes - Curtin University - Geochemistry
Tim Rawling - AuScope - Geology/Geophysics/Mineral Exploration
Alistair Ritchie - Landcare Research (New Zealand) - Earth and environmental science information services
Erin Robinson - Earth Science Information Partners (USA) - Information community development
Pablo Rozas Larraondo - Australian National University - High performance computing & data
Adam Shepherd - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (USA) - Oceanography & marine informatics
Ingo Simonis - Open Geospatial Consortium (Germany) - Geospatial information standards / citizen science
Markus Stocker - Marum/Pangaea (Germany) - Theory of science / informatics
Andrew Treloar - Australian National Data Service - Research data management and services
Ramona Walls - CyVerse (USA) - Biodiversity informatics
John Wieczorek - University of California (USA) - Biodiversity informatics
Lesley Wyborn - Australian National University - Earth and space science informatics / standards
Andre Zerger - Bureau of Meteorology - Environmental informatics
see Speaker Bios for more information
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(papers, special journal editions, reports)
Abstracts volume published prior to meeting - https://publications.csiro.au/rpr/pub?pid=csiro:EP174030
Symposium report in EOS - https://eos.org/meeting-reports/connecting-scientific-data-and-real-world-samples
Paper providing definition of 'sample' in preparation.
in prep offline
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EOS Workshop report
Cutting Edge Science Symposium – Linking Environmental Data and Samples
The last week of May 2017, saw a gathering in Canberra of world leaders in earth and environmental science informatics, at a Cutting Edge Science Symposium entitled ‘Linking Environmental Data and Samples’, which was designed to examine the state of the art in environmental science data publication and its use of modern web principles. There were around 70 participants, including 18 internationals and 20 early career researchers. Participants were drawn from the solid earth sciences, marine science, oceanography, ecosystems, biodiversity, soil science and remote sensing. Six NCRIS facilities contributed: NCI, ANDS, TERN, ALA, AuScope and IMOS.
More information, including abstracts, participants and presentations on: https://confluence.csiro.au/display/LEDS/Linking+Environmental+Data+and+Samples
Contact: Simon Cox (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Cutting Edge Science Symposium – Linking Environmental Data and Samples
The last week of May saw a gathering of world leaders in earth and environmental science informatics, at a CSIRO Cutting Edge Science Symposium entitled ‘Linking Environmental Data and Samples’. Around 70 participants total, including 18 international visitors and 20 early career researchers met at Black Mountain. In keeping with the theme of connecting data to real world samples, the symposium kicked off with a ‘field trip’ to collections at Geoscience Australia, the Botanic Gardens, and CSIRO’s National Herbarium and Insect Collections.
The symposium was designed to examine the state of the art in environmental science data and use of modern web tools to add semantics and link to samples. Participants were drawn primarily from the solid earth sciences (geology and geophysics), marine science and oceanography, ecosystems, biodiversity, soil science and remote sensing. Six NCRIS facilities were involved – NCI, ANDS, TERN, ALA, AuScope and IMOS.
The meeting programme was organized around five themes (science drivers, open science, technical issues, solutions, and social and community factors). It was structured as a mixture of conventional presentations, ‘un-conference’ sessions (breakouts, where the topic was determined just prior, in response to the scene-setting presentations) an ‘anti-conference’ (where selected volunteers confessed to failures, rather than boasting about successes) as well as some light relief in the form of an ‘Upgoer Challenge’ (technical presentations limited to only the ten hundred most used words in English).
A variety of follow-up activities are planned. Chief among these is the formal continuation of the community of practice through the establishment of ESIP-Australia, following a successful 20-year old model of the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) in USA. ESIP’s Executive Director Erin Robinson was a key member of the symposium steering and programme committees, and is helping guide the formation of ESIP-Australia with key leaders from CSIRO and the NCRIS facilities. Other significant outcomes included the formulation of standard sample definition for interdisciplinary use, the adoption of the Australian sample description model for the International Geosample Number (IGSN) registry, the establishment of an international geochemistry network, a revival of the Vocabulary Services Interest Group in the Research Data Alliance (RDA) with ANDS, ESIP and OGC, and a variety of contributions to the new CODATA Commission on Standards.
For more information, including abstracts and slide decks from all presentations, a list of participants, and videos of the Upgoer Challenge, see https://confluence.csiro.au/display/LEDS/Linking+Environmental+Data+and+Samples