BCube

To address complex Earth system issues such as climate change and water resources, geoscientists must work across disciplinary boundaries, which requires them to access data outside of their fields. This award brings together an internationally recognized team of geo- and social-scientists, cyberinfrastructure experts and educators to explore how expert systems can mediate interactions and improve access between scientific fields. The initial focus is on hydrology, oceans, polar and weather, with the intent to make the technology applicable and available to all the geosciences. The team’s social scientists and educators will research how technology can improve knowledge exchange between scientific communities.

Recent Items

Science Scenarios for BCube - a work in progress

Submitted by Francoise Pearlman on May 5, 2014 - 1:16pm

The BCube science scenarios are a key element in providing an environment for demonstrating the Broker and Crawler capabilities, benefits, and challenges. The work is currently progressing through the first of 3 phases of increasing complexity.

Phase 1: each user scenario focuses on the scientists’ own research area.

Phase 2 will involve collaboration on scenarios within a domain, bringing together multiple specialties to assess the efficacy and impact of BCube.

News Updates

Submitted by Francoise Pearlman on February 18, 2014 - 5:12pm

 

Upcoming BCube activities:

  1. The Ocean domain team will meet at the AGU Ocean meeting in Honolulu (week of Feb 24, 2014)
  2. The Broker Special Interest group will meet at the RDA meeting in Dublin, Ireland (Mar 28, 2014)

Recent Activity

Tuesday, May 27

Monday, May 5

  • 1:16pm

    The BCube science scenarios are a key element in providing an environment for demonstrating the Broker and Crawler capabilities, benefits, and challenges. The work is currently progressing through the first of 3 phases of increasing complexity.

    Phase 1: each user scenario focuses on the scientists’ own research area.

    Phase 2 will involve collaboration on scenarios within a domain, bringing together multiple specialties to assess the efficacy and impact of BCube.

    Phase 3, a single user scenario involving collaborations across many of the 4 participating domains will enable truly cross-domain assessment of BCube.

    The three phases address evolution in cross-domain science where terminology, data and metadata standards and culture may differ significantly.

    Current Approach for Collecting Scenario information

    1.Each Bcube scientist defines a Phase 1 scenario using the form Scenario descriptions. Responses are in this pdf file.

    2.BCube CI developers and scientists, using WEBEX teleconferencing, document the technical information about data sets, sensors, portals, and models required to execute the above scenario using Scenario details form.

    3.In parallel, the BCube social scientists start identifying the methods for assessing the social and organizational factors impacting use of the Broker Framework and the related communities responses.

    Phase 1 Scenarios – some examples

    The current list of BCube Phase 1 domain level science scenarios, with descriptions, is provided below. These scenarios are in their initial definition stage, and are likely to evolve in level of complexity during the project. Interviews to collect scenario details are currently ongoing. See Schedule of Interviews.

    • Polar
      • P1-Polar1 Finding and Accessing Data to Validate a Model of Permafrost Dynamics

    Models of the surface thaw depth, or “active layer” depth (ALD) are used to reconstruct observed historical changes and predict future changes in permafrost state. This scenario concerns validation of ALD from the SiBCASA Terrestrial Carbon Cycle Model. This requires access to dispersed and highly heterogeneous sources of field measurements, which are held by different archives...

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Saturday, April 19

  • 10:58am

    BCube team members are participating in several events over the next few months. See below.

    Web Service Building Block (WS BB) meeting (April 23, 2014); Jay Pearlman will brief BCube current status;

    European Geophysical Union (EGU)  (April 28– May 2, 2014); Siri Jodha Khalsa/Jay Pearlman will present “BCube: Building a geoscience brokering framework” (session ESSI 2.5 Thursday May 1); The FP7 Infrastructure projects COOPEUS and ODIP , are organizing a joint-workshop on Connecting research infrastructures through brokering services (April 29, 2014 9:00 to 12:00 by invitation only)  - jay Pearlman will brief BCube brokering.

    BCube Plenary (Virtual all-hands) – May 2014; each team will provide a briefing regarding key achievements, challenge, and lessons learned for the first 6 months of the project

    Earthcube All-Hands  (June 24-26, 2014)- The EarthCube All-Hands Meeting will bring together project institutions, partners, collaborators, and scientists from across the globe to share their progress and experience with EarthCube thus far, and discuss and plan activities for the upcoming year. This meeting will be held at the Renaissance Dupont Circle hotel in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, April 13

  • 3:47pm

    AGU Ocean – side meetings (last week in February, 2014); this is a major event for the ocean community providing opportunities to discuss science scenarios (Oscar Schofield, Scott Doney, and Wally Fulweiler) and education scenarios (Glenn Scott and Cheryl Peach)

    Oceanology International – Catch the Next Wave event (March 10, 2014); Scott Glenn introduced the Challenger mission (this is BCube’s glider MARACOOS PALOOSA science/education scenario)  see article

    Research Data Alliance (RDA) third plenary (March 26 – 28, 2014) see RDA site ; a Brokering poster was available; Brokering Interest Group (IG) was co-chaired by Max Craglia, Stefano Nativi, and Jay Pearlman; the IG will submit a request for Middleware Governance Working group formation - read more ; Jay, Francoise and Stefano conducted side meetings with Cyndy Chandler from WHOI (broker access to BCO-DMO data), and with Roger Proctor (broker access to IMOS repository in Australia)

Tuesday, February 18

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