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<p><strong>Preliminary In-Person Meeting Topics</strong> - Steve Adler, current status - Jason Geer, public-private partnerships - Demos - IRI infrastructure and software - GEOS - GCIS - Hands-on work with newly available climate data - Potential areas of integration - semantic integration (IRI and GCIS) </p> <p><strong>Technical Discussion 6-2-2016</strong></p> <p>The <a href="http://iri.columbia.edu/" rel="nofollow">International Research Institute for Climate and Society</a> joined the call. Much of the discussion centered on software infrastructure available from IRI and how it might fit into the Open Climate Data Repository vision. Some links mentioned on the call are a document about the <a href="http://earth-perspectives.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/2194-6434-1-19" rel="nofollow">Data Library from an Earth Perspectives Special Issue</a> and a link to the online <a href="http://iridl.ldeo.columbia.edu/ontologies/" rel="nofollow">semantics/ontologies</a>.</p> <p>There was also an interesting discussion on how IRI's semantic efforts potentially overlap with semantic efforts from the <a href="https://data.globalchange.gov/" rel="nofollow">Global Change Information System</a> and how this could be a possible point of future integration and collaboration.</p> <p>Jason Geer from the <a href="http://www.ibm.com/analytics/us/en/business/weather-insight.html" rel="nofollow">Weather Company</a> joined us as well. Jason has extensive experience in public-private partnerships and will contribute to the July in-person discussion with thoughts on how climate data can be made open while also retaining economic opportunities for organizations and developing countries. </p> <p>Over the next few weeks a preliminary agenda for the July in-person meeting will be put together and distributed to the group. </p> <p><strong>Technical Discussion 4-15-2016</strong></p> <p>Attendees</p> <ul> <li>Tom Narock, Marymount University/ESIP</li> <li>Steve Adler, IBM</li> <li>Erin Robinson, ESIP</li> <li>Christine White, ESRI/ESIP</li> <li>Mark Parsons, RDA</li> <li>Andrew Sallans, OSF</li> <li>Barb Ryan, GEO</li> <li>Robert Wolfe, USGCRP/NASA</li> </ul> <p>The Open Climate Data Repository <strong>does not</strong> intend to reinvent the wheel for climate data storage, management, integration, and dissemination. We recognize that there are many years of efforts, and many existing groups, that have led to best practices and standards. Yet, it was acknowledged that new collaborations and integrative technologies can lead to advances in the long tail of climate data research. The aims of this group are to look at long term effects of climate change at the local, social, and cultural levels. This leads to a focus on</p> <ul> <li> <p>Identifying what standards and best practices currently exist for climate data and working to disseminate these practices to countries that are just coming online with climate data</p> </li> <li> <p>Identifying new categories of data and researching how these data can best integrate with existing climate data, infrastructure, and standards</p> </li> </ul> <p>Robert Wolfe (USGCRP) discussed the Global Change Information System and the need to have provenance and traceability, which are built into the system. He also mentioned an emerging need is the ability to transform data for decision making. USGCRP has ongoing initiatives in this area. Robert recommended <a href="https://data.globalchange.gov/report/usgcrp-climate-human-health-assessment-2016" rel="nofollow">this recent report</a> from USGCRP, which brings together many diverse datasets to investigate impacts of climate change on human health</p> <p>Barb Ryan (GEO) discussed the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) light brokering infrastructure. Climate data is divided into several thematic areas and the brokering infrastructure acts as an aggregator of 200 million resources in the GEO portal. Barb also mentioned that this group may want to engage with the <a href="http://iri.columbia.edu" rel="nofollow">International Research Institute for Climate and Society</a> at Columbia University</p> <p>Mark Parsons (RDA) discussed several groups within the Research Data Alliance that may be of interest to our efforts. He pointed out several best practices and working groups emerging from RDA that would be relevant here such as, legal interoperability, persistent identifiers, and data types. Mark also pointed out several papers showing the economic benefits of open climate data and agreed to our focus on the long tail. Mark also pointed out that the <a href="http://www.internationaldataweek.org/" rel="nofollow">International Data Week</a> efforts could be a forum to continue our discussions. </p> <p>Andrew Sallans (OSF) discussed open science and described tools available to make our data, discussions, and workflow transparent.</p> <p><strong> Outcomes and Next Steps </strong> - There will be a 1-day in-person workshop at the <a href="http://commons.esipfed.org/2016SummerMeeting" rel="nofollow">ESIP Summer Meeting</a> in July to further discuss technical details - ESIP is in the early stages of forming an <a href="http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Open_Climate_Data_Repository" rel="nofollow">Open Climate Data Repository Cluster</a> to organize and manage these efforts within ESIP - It was generally acknowledged that the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) needs to be onboard in some capacity. We had reached out to WMO for this call, but they were unable to attend. We will continue to reach out to them for future events. Several additional contacts at WMO were suggested - Similar for OGC. They are an integral member who was unable to attend. - Steve will continue to work with international governments and MET stations to identify which datasets exactly are available. The group will explore the additional resources identified at this call and an agenda will be prepared for the summer meeting.</p> <p><strong>Relevant Resources</strong></p> <p><a href="http://earthcube.org/document/2016/science-helping-data" rel="nofollow">Science helping the data to help the science - David Arctur</a></p> <p><a href="http://hvri.geog.sc.edu/SHELDUS/" rel="nofollow">Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database for the United States (SHELDUS) run by the Hazard & Vulnerability Research Institute contains county-level hazard loss data set for the U.S. for 18 different natural hazard events types.</a></p> <p><a href="http://webra.cas.sc.edu/hvri/products/sovi.aspx" rel="nofollow">The Social Vulnerability Index for the United States - 2006-10, also produced by the Hazard & Vulnerability Research Institute </a></p> <p><a href="http://www.opengeospatial.org/testbed11" rel="nofollow">OGC Testbed 11 focused on Urban Climate Change</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.desinventar.net/definitions.html" rel="nofollow">Disaster Definition Types</a></p> <hr> <p>Relevant Groups:</p> <ul> <li>World Meteorological Organization (WMO)</li> <li>Group on Earth Observations (GEO)</li> <li>Geospatial Consortium that provide data access standards like Web Map Service (WMS) and Web Coverage Service (WCS)</li> </ul> <p>Standards Contacts: </p> <ul> <li>Ted Habermann is the chair of the XML management group and several project teams for ISO 19115 (the geospatial metadata standard) as part of the ISO/TC 211</li> <li>OGC - George Percivall, OGC CTO There last testbed, Testbed 11, focused on Urban Climate Resilience (web page, video summary). </li> </ul>
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