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Data to Action: Increasing the Use and Value of Earth Science Data and InformationFor 20 years, ESIP meetings have brought together the most innovative thinkers and leaders around Earth observation data, thus forming a community dedicated to making Earth observations more discoverable, accessible and useful to researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and the public.

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Thursday, July 18 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Meet The Maintainers: commoning for data infrastructure durability

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Because they care about and for the infrastructure that houses every bit of data, every byte of the cloud, and every line of code, maintainers sustain the technology infrastructure that makes Earth data use possible. Maintainers work in many arenas, of course, they keep energy grids up, roadways repaired, buildings secure. Data infrastructure experts are now in conversations with other maintainers. Recently, a group of maintainers: technicians, engineers, historians, social scientists, sysadmins (the ones you call on to reboot the system when it’s down) started a conversation and created a group called The Maintainers. With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, ESIP is bringing the Maintainer conversation to Tacoma. We’ve invited several of them to talk about the real issues involved in stewarding hardware and systems, not just data. By caring for your hardware, they let you focus on other tasks. Join us to discover how ESIP’s goals of sustaining the Earth science data endeavor rely upon those who chose not to innovate today, but rather to navigate the problematics of keeping everything running most of the time.

Session recording here.

Bruce Caron
Presentation Title: Culture, Kindness, and Care: Commoning for Earth Knowledge Sustainability
Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.8969912

Moderator: Mark Parsons
Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.8969915

Invited Presentations
Presenter: Emily Jane Sylak-Glassman
Presentation Title: The Importance of Maintaining Earth Observational Data for Long-Term Climate Record Reconstruction
Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.8969918

Presenter: Daniella Lowenberg
Presentation Title: Maintaining and Growing Research Data Publishing at CDL & Dryad
Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.8980454

Presenter: Jason A. Gallo
Presentation Title: The Scale and Value of Earth Observation Infrastructure
Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.8969924

Presenter: Fred C. Beach
Presentation Title: U.S. Energy Infrastructure: ‘What’s Past is Prologue’
Slides: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.8969921

Session Take-Aways
  1. ESIP scientists and data scientists and project managers are only one part of the larger team that keeps Earth information active and durable. The Maintainer organization can be an “ESIP for the rest of the team”... where ESIP maintainers gather with others to solve their problems. ESIP will have a session at the next Information Maintainer conference in DC in October. Maintenance is about fostering and caring for relationships: Who decides to maintain is all of us. This requires awareness and kindness.
  2. Earth data resources often have multiple inputs, some of these quite complex. Just finding out and mapping these is an important maintainer activity. Also, archiving data and software at the same time makes good sense (Dryad and Zenodo). Maintenance is more complex than it seems (The US has no energy policy; predicting one variable (sea ice extent) requires dozens of inputs and complex interactions).
  3. Infrastructure (such as our energy infrastructure) can get to the point where the trillions of dollars needed to update it might be better spent replacing this with something highly distributed.

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Bruce Caron

Executive Director, New Media Studio
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Mark Parsons

Editor in Chief, Data Science Journal

Thursday July 18, 2019 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
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