|EarthChem highlighted in recent Nature call to make all scientific data FAIR
June 2019. A recent comment by Stall et al., in Nature urges all scientific disciplines to follow the Geosciences and demand best practices for publishing and data sharing. The comment highlights the efforts of the Geoscience community to elevate the value of data by making it more FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). One key example is the shift of many Earth-science journals to no longer listing data in supplementary information, and instead requiring that data be made available in FAIR repositories. In addition to making data easier to re-use, repositories provide “persistent identifiers, curation expertise, landing pages, and support for the citation of data in papers”. Stall et al. specifically highlight EarthChem and its efforts to make data FAIR: “... data sets in the EarthChem Library at the Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance are easily found through Google Dataset Search. Data are straightforward to download from a landing page. Data-set formats are aligned with other geochemical, petrological and geochronological data. And they have a long useful life because of their rich metadata on provenance.”
To shift research culture across all scientific disciplines the authors call for three changes: 1) Make depositing open and FAIR data a priority for all, 2) Recognize and incentivize FAIR data practices, 3) Fund global infrastructure to support FAIR data and tools. Click here to read the full Nature comment by Shelley Stall, Lynn Yarmey, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld, Brooks Hanson, Kerstin Lehnert, Brian Nosek, Mark Parsons, Erin Robinson & Lesley Wyborn. To learn more about the EarthChem Library or to submit your dataset please click here.
|EarthChem Newsletter, February 2019, Vol 1
February 2019. This newsletter summarizes new features and improvements at EarthChem as well as recent community engagement and featured datasets. To subscribe to future quarterly newsletters please click here.
The EarthChem Team attended the AGU Fall Meeting held in Washington D.C. See more information below about our presentations at AGU, which included presentations about open and FAIR Data and participation in a Townhall regarding geochemical data standards. If you were not able to catch up with us at AGU, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments about our resources.
Dr. Lehnert with Shelley Stall (not pictured) at the AGU booth’s FAIR demo.
|Building a Global Network of Geochemical Data (AGU Town Hall)
December 2018. Please join us December 11th at AGU for a one hour town hall discussing the development of geochemical data standards and ideas for a global geochemical network.
Future science endeavors in geochemistry, petrology, mineralogy, and volcanology will increasingly rely on access to and analysis of large volumes of data as data science is emerging as a new research paradigm in these fields (see session V017 of the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting). Data systems such as EarthChem and GEOROC have provided access to global, though thematically focused data syntheses. More geochemical data systems are emerging at national, programmatic, and subdomain levels in response to Open Access policies and science needs, and many other data systems and repositories manage geochemical data. There is an urgent need to develop and implement global standards and best practices for geochemical data to become FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Re-usable), and to establish standard protocols for exchanging geochemical data among distributed data systems. This Town Hall aims to engage relevant communities in the Earth sciences in defining and planning steps toward the development of geochemical data standards as well as exploring ideas and opportunities for a global geochemical data network that facilitates and promotes discovery and access of geochemical data through coordination and collaboration among international geochemical data providers. The goal is converge on a common vision for such a global geochemical data network.
December 11, 2018, 6:15-7:15 pm, Marriott Marquis, Room: Independence E
For questions, please contact Kerstin Lehnert (email@example.com)
If you were not able to attend the Town Hall, please refer to our slides here.
|Beta launch of the new PetDB Search
November 2018. EarthChem is pleased to announce the release of the beta version of the new PetDB. This version of PetDB is designed on a brand new architecture, which features a more flexible database schema and user interfaces, with improved support for data searching (e.g., by chemical composition) and interoperability (e.g., with MELTS). The old PetDB Search will be retired and replaced by the new version in January 2019.
Please provide feedback on the new PetDB to help us improve the system by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Data Management Planning Workshop at Goldschmidt 2018
July 2018. Please join us for a 1-hour IEDA:EarthChem workshop/tutorial on data management planning at the Goldschmidt Conference in Boston.
When? Thursday, August 16, 2018, 1-2PM
Where? Hynes Convention Center, room 108
The workshop is supported by the US National Science Foundation.
For questions, please contact Kerstin Lehnert (email@example.com).