If you deal with megabytes of environmental sample data, or gigabytes of sensor data, or terabytes of model data or petabytes of remote sensing data, then I’d like you to take a survey. If you create, look after, analyse, publish on or manage datasets for global change then I’d like to find out what are the necessary and emerging skills you need.
The Belmont Forum is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert J. (Bob) Samors as Coordination Officer (CO) for the Forum’s e-Infrastructure and Data Management (eI&DM) Project. Bob brings a wealth of expertise and talent to this key position, drawing from his most recent role as Senior External Relations Manager for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO).
Dr. M. Lee Allison, Arizona State Geologist and Director of the Arizona Geological Survey, died on August 16 from a critical head injury incurred over the weekend. Lee was a passionate advocate for geoinformatics and new ways to share, collect, and use information relating to the geosciences, and held leadership roles in geoinformatics projects of national and international significance.
Pierre-Philippe Mathieu, member of the Steering Committee and Work Package 1 (Data Integration for Multidisciplinary Research) gave the lecture "Taking the Pulse of Our Planet from Space" at TEDxHamburg (http://www.tedxhamburg.de) published on 17 July, 2016. The talk touches on how satellite data from the Copernicus mission can be shared and integrated with local knowledge to improve knowledge of Earth's systems and quality of life.
GPC/SAB/SCG Members of the Belmont Forum e-Infrastructure and Data Management Implementation Project will meet face-to-face the day before the start of International Data Week/SciDataCon to plan and internally coordinate CRA activities/events.
Robert Gurney, joint chairman of the Science Advisory Board of the Belmont Forum e-Infrastructure and Data Management CRA, will present a webinar on the Belmont Forum - Cooperative Research Action on Data and e-Infrastructures as part of the Eye on Earth Webinar Series.
Lee Allison, acting chair of the Coordination Office, will speak on the E-Infrastructure and Data Management project at the 2016 European Geosciences Union General Assembly (17-22 April) in Vienna, Austria. A Town Hall event, "Belmont Forum e-Infrastructure Data Management for Global Change Research," will occur on Wednesday, 20 April from 19:00-20:00. He will also present the poster "Development and Implementation of Collaborative e-Infrastructures and Data Management for Global Change Research" on Friday, 22 April from 17:30-19:00.
The Belmont Forum has announced the adoption of a Data Policy based on the recommendations released in the Community Strategy and Implementation Plan in June 2015. The E-Infrastructures and Data Management Collaborative Research Action is undertaking the first stages of the Implementation Phase and is coordinating roles and strategies to enable the recommendations detailed in the CSIP to be attained.