The Earth Science Information Partners Twins – ESIP and E2SIP: working in parallel from opposite sides of the planet to build leading edge data infrastructures
Dr Lesley Wyborn1, Ms Clare Murdoch2, Ms Natasha Simons3, Dr Simon Cox4, Dr Jens Klump5
1Australian National University, Acton, Australia,
2Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia,
3Australian Research Data Commons, Brisbane, Australia,
4CSIRO Land and Water, Melbourne, Australia,
5CSIRO Mineral Resources, Kensington, Australia
Globally, Earth and environmental science data, software and models have the potential to play significant roles in solving multiple interlinked challenges facing today’s societies, such as sustainable development of natural resources, climate change, water and food security, etc. The data and compute infrastructures required to support these challenges are becoming increasingly complex: no single project, group, country or continent can build these in isolation – international collaboration is critical.
Over the last two decades, ESIP, supported by NASA, NOAA and the USGS, have operated multiple clusters (aka communities of practice), and through regular meetings and online forums have developed standards and best practices to make data and software discoverable, as well as investigating and exploiting relevant emerging technologies. ESIP’s status as a leading collaboration network has made it the go-to place to forge consensus on emerging data-related topics. The work of many of these US ESIP clusters (e.g., Information Quality, Semantic Harmonization, Schema.org, Drones, Research Object Citation, Physical Sample Curation) are of direct relevance to Australia. Six Australian organisations are now partners in ESIP (NCI, IMOS, AuScope, TERN, GA, CSIRO), whilst ARDC is a collaborator.
Through liaison with ESIP, the Australian Earth and Environment Science Information Partners (E2SIP) was established at the 2018 C3DIS Conference. ESIP provides both the governance structure to incubate E2SIP and the backbone infrastructure to enable collaboration. The goal of E2SIP is to enable closer liaison with relevant ESIP clusters and to facilitate cross pollination of ideas between equivalent groups on either side of the planet.
Lesley Wyborn is an Honorary Professor at ANU and works part time for ARDC. She had 42 years’ experience in GA in research and data management. She is Chair of the Academy of Science ‘National Data in Science Committee’ and is on the AGU Data Management and ESIP Advisory Boards.