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Tuesday, July 16 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Epic Fails in Earth Science Informatics: learning from the past to do better in the future

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In research we tend to only present on and/or publish our successes as they are so integral to our career progression. Yet not everything we attempt is successful: no matter how hard we try, some of our research and developments fails. For cyberinfrastructure projects, there is a high risk of failure, as technology is changing so rapidly and unpredictably, whilst the change of research culture is slow. Edwards et al. (2007) emphasized the value of honestly reporting failures “to supporting long-term and comparative learning across the varieties of cyberinfrastructural experience” and recommended that “through the disciplined and even-handed study of failure, funders and proponents of cyberinfrastructure must learn to stop hiding the bodies”. New trends in biochemical research and publishing show increased attention to sharing of negative results from early clinical trials (Kevin Kelly, “Speculations on the Future of Science”).

The purpose of this session is to provide a free and blameless environment to encourage honest reporting of where things went wrong. It is time to bring the skeletons out of the closet and showcase Epic Fails that you know about (particularly your own) in software, data infrastructures, samples, software delivery, services, etc. From these, we can build a portfolio of lessons learned that will inform the future, and ultimately contribute to accelerating progress in Earth science informatics. (Note: for those who may find presenting in this session stressful, we will ensure a supporting environment where you can reveal your fails without having to show your face).

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Kerstin Lehnert

President, IGSN e.V.
Kerstin Lehnert is Doherty Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Director of the Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance that operates EarthChem, the System for Earth Sample Registration, and the Astromaterials Data System. Kerstin... Read More →
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Lesley Wyborn

Honorary Professor, Australian National University

Tuesday July 16, 2019 2:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
Ballrm BC
  Ballrm BC, Working Session
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