A virtual Communication, Collaboration, and Coordination Office (known as the C3O, or Coordination Office) has been established to fulfill the Action Theme 1 goals of fostering ongoing communication and collaboration among the e-I&DM Action Themes and the public, and identifying opportunities for coordination among existing e-infrastructure initiatives.
Headed by a Coordination Officer, the office works to coordinate and integrate e-I&DM activities crucial to the success of all Belmont Forum projects by better leveraging the projects undertaken by individual Action Themes, sharing best practice and promoting interoperability.
Four “Champions” identified by all four Action Themes (Data Planning, e-Infrastructures and Capacity Building) form the Secretariat Coordinating Group (SCG). The SCG acts as a coordinating committee for the initiative’s activities and milestones. The C3O and its staff works with SCG to execute e-I&DM project objectives.
Additionally, the C3O maintains communication with an Oversight Committee (OC) comprised of representatives from agencies relevant to transdisciplinary research and management of scientific data. Organizations represented in the Oversight Committee include Future Earth, CODATA, RDA, GEO, ICSU-WDS, and various international data management initiatives with ties to the Belmont Forum.
The C3O hosts conference calls, maintains the project Teamup Calendar, and plans outreach activities such as presentations, workshops, and networking events at international scientific and data conferences. The C3O also hosts the e-I&DM project’s semi-annual in person meeting. In addition to providing overall project coordination, the C3O is responsible for maintaining the Knowledge Hub, producing a “map of the data landscape,” and liaising with the greater e-Infrastructures community.
Action Theme 1 Leadership
The role of Coordination Officer is held by Robert (Bob) Samors. As the Coordination Officer, Samors coordinates and liaises with e-I&DM project leads, Action Theme co-leads, stakeholders, Advisory Board members, and other international partners in the adoption of data principles and best practices, promotion of effective data planning and stewardship, and development of an international training curriculum to enable practitioners to put these principles and practices into action, with a goal of making these resources and practices available and implemented in Belmont Forum activities and funded projects.
Coordination duties are supported by project coordinators from the Arizona Geological Survey.