GCIS Featured at ESIP Meeting Print
GCIS Featured at ESIP Meeting

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Federation of Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP) held its Winter Meeting in Washington, DC, on January 8–10, 2014. The meeting featured a breakout session on the Global Change Information System (GCIS) under development at USGCRP.

Curt Tilmes—USGCRP’s technical lead for the GCIS (on detail from NASA)—led the session, with USGCRP colleagues Steve Aulenbach and Brian Duggan also speaking, along with Sarah Champion of NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and Xiaogang (Marshall) Ma of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). In addition, Tilmes, Aulenbach, Duggan, and USGCRP’s Justin Goldstein presented a related poster.

The session laid out the potential for the GCIS to become a unified web-based source for discovery of authoritative, accessible, usable, and timely information about climate and global change for scientists, decision makers, and the public. The initial prototype of the system was also discussed: the GCIS will support the distribution, presentation, and documentation needs of the Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) upon its release in spring 2014, integrating that content into globalchange.gov and demonstrating the potential for the broader, longer-term application of the GCIS. Other topics covered during the session included the GCIS ontology and challenges and solutions associated with data and traceability.

Beyond the breakout session and poster presentation, the GCIS group engaged colleagues across the ESIP spectrum through their involvement in sessions on Earth science data curation and metadata handling. The meeting served as a catalyst for informal discussions with Federal agencies and research institutions about how they can inform the GCIS, and vice versa.

As a federation, ESIP brings together science, data, and information technology practitioners to collaborate on cyberinfrastructure coordination and interoperability efforts across the Earth sciences. Peter Fox (RPI), who previously worked with USGCRP to develop the information modeling and semantic web component of the GCIS, was recently elected President of ESIP.

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