Feb 2013. A service-oriented architecture was recently completed for the EarthChem Search Portal as part of the EarthCube Web Services Concept Award. The architecture is composed of both REST and SOAP search services which will allow the geoinformatics community to leverage the complete functionality of the EarthChem Search Portal from within outside projects. A large number of output formats are supported, including XML, JSON, CSV, etc... Also supported is JSONP, which should make cross-domain, client-side approaches much more manageable.
A complete explanation of the search services can be found at:
Jan 2013. PetDB released a new version of its database and user interface on 14 January, 2013. With this new version (PetDB 2.4.0) PetDB extended its scope and nowcontains the entire Deep Lithopshere Dataset of mantle and lower crustal xenoliths. In the new version, we also reactivated the melt inclusion search, added an analysis comment to the database that is displayed in the search results if provided, updated the look and feel of the data availability page, and fixed several bugs related to search and station display pages.
For more information see the PetDB Release Notes on the Development History page.
In addition, PetDB has expanded its scope to include the Deep Lithosphere xenolith dataset. Over 230,000 chemical values from the Deep Lithosphere dataset have been recently merged with PetDB, bringing new data such as model age and model temperature data into PetDB. The merger simplifies access to the EarthChem data holdings.
Let us know what other types of datasets you would like included in the PetDB database by emailing email@example.com.Tags:
"Developing a Cyberinfrastructure Vision for Petrology & Geochemistry"
When: March 6/7, 2013
Where: National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC
This workshop will bring together research scientists, data managers, sample curators, and information technology specialists to develop a vision for an advanced knowledge management system that will transform the way petrological and geochemical data and samples are acquired and used.
The workshop will provide guidance to the NSF EarthCube initiative to design and develop the architecture of an Earth Science cyberinfrastructure that is aligned with the end-users’ needs for data and sample access, software tools, computing capabilities, and policies and procedures that not only support, but transform the conduct of science while addressing scientists' concerns regarding data quality, data sharing, data citation, intellectual property, and career advancement.
Registration is now closed. Please contact Kerstin Lehnert.
For information how to participate online: Click here
- List of scenarios (html)
- Google Folder with science scenarios contributions (individual files)
- Compilation of all science scenarios (.pdf)
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
- 08:00 am Continental breakfast
- 08:30 am Introduction
- Welcome (E. Cottrell & NMNH Director Kirk Johnson)
- EarthCube: Vision & Goals (NSF
- Workshop Goals and Background (K. Lehnert) [pdf]
- 09:00 – 10:00 am Invited presentations: Major scientific challenges, present data & cyber constraints, and future opportunities.
- 10:00 – 10:30 am EarthCube Survey Results (J. Gutcher-Gershenfeld) [pdf]
- 10:30 – 10:40 am Introduction to breakout sessions, establish breakout groups
- 10:40 -11:00 am Coffee break and move to breakout rooms
- 11:00 – 12:30 pm Breakout session I: Identify science challenges and the gaps in cyberinfrastructure that are necessary to address them.
- 12:30 – 01:40 pm Lunch in the ECR (w/ introduction of participants). Box lunch provided.
- 01:40 – 02:15 pm Reports from Breakout session I & discussion
- 02:15 – 03:15 pm Breakout Session II: Review and append draft lists of existing Data Systems, Components, and Models; identify needs
- 03:15 – 03:45 pm Coffee Break and move back to plenary room
- 03:45 – 04:45 pm Reports from Breakout session II & discussion/synthesis
- 05:00 – 07:00 pm Reception. Behind-the-scenes tours of NMNH Collections and after-hours access to Geology Gems and Minerals Hall. (Department of Mineral Sciences, 4th Floor of the East Wing, and GGM Hall, second level, off the Rotunda). Tours of the National Gems and Minerals Collection will be a timed, ticketed event.
- 07:00 pm Dinner, on your own.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
- 08:00 am Continental breakfast (ECR)
- 08:30 – 09:15 am Invited Presentations: Cyberinfrastructure Vision.
- Peter Fox (RPI)
- Ilya Zaslavsky (San Diego Supercomputing Center, UCSD)
- 09:15 – 10:00 am Invited Presentation: Science Scenario.
- Leah Cortland (University of South Florida)
- Tim McCoy (Smithsonian Institution) [pdf]
- 10:00 – 10:10 am Establish breakout groups for session III
- 10:10 -10:30 am Coffee break and move to breakout rooms
- 10:30 – 12:00 pm Breakout Session III: Science Scenarios
- 12:00 – 01:00 pm Lunch (ECR). Box lunch provided.
- 01:00 – 01:30 pm Reports from Breakout Session III
- 01:30 – 03:00 pm Synthesis, Next Steps
- 03:00 pm. Adjourn plenary session. Organizing committee and breakout session leaders gather to draft initial report.
Chuck Connor (University of South Florida)
Elizabeth Cottrell (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution)
Rajdeep Dasgupta (Rice University)
Kerstin Lehnert (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University)
Abani Patra (SUNY Buffalo)
For more information, please contact Kerstin Lehnert.
Nov 2012. EarthChem has established new collaborations with various geoinformatics and science partners to build new data collections, software tools, and interoperable data exchange that will support a wide range of Earth Science disciplines and major science programs in the future. They will broaden EarthChem's data holdings, and contribute to the advancement of a sustainable cyberinfrastructure, particularly for the petrology and geochemistry domains.
- CZOData: EarthChem will contribute to the development of a data infrastructure for the Critical Zone Observatories (CZO), named CZOData, building a web-based version of the CZchemDB database of soil geochemistry that was developed and maintained at Pennsylvania State University by S. Brantley and her team. This will enable geochemical data from studies of the Critical Zone to be integrated with the diverse data types acquired by CZOs in the CZOData system, and with other geochemical data at the EarthChem Portal. Read more.
- DiamondDB: EarthChem has started to work with researchers of the Diamond and Mantle Geodynamics of Carbon project of the Deep Carbon Observatory to develop a synthesis of diamond and diamond inclusion data and a virtual catalog of diamond samples. The work will be performed in close collaboration with the DCO Data Science team. Read more.
- DECADE Gas Emissions: EarthChem will work with researchers of the Deep Carbon Observatory Reservors & Fluxes Directorate who are involved in the DECADE initiative (Deep Earth Carbon Degassing) to build a data collection of CO2 volcanic gas emission measurements and integrate these data with the volcanic rock geochemistry at the EarthChem Portal and the database of the Global Volcanism Program.
- DESC: The Digital Environment for Sample Curation DESC is a new initiative closely related to the System of Earth Sample Registration SESAR at IEDA/EarthChem to build a shared cyberinfrastructure for sample repositories, institutions, and investigators to manage their sample collections and make them accessible online. The planning of DESC has been funded by the NSF Office of Cyberinfrastructure, and will involve a workshop of sample curators and cyberinfrastructure experts (expected March/April 2013) to gather requirements for the system and the development of an implementation plan in collaboration with the Renaissance Computing Institute RENCI, the National Lacustrine Core Facility LacCore, Oregon State University's Marine Geology Repository, the Arizona Geological Survey.
- LEPR (Library of Experimental Phase Relations): Dr. Mark Ghiorso from OFM-Research recently started a close collaboration with EarthChem to advance integration and interoperability between the LEPR database of experimental phase relations, the MELTS modeling software, and the EarthChem data systems.
- ODM2.0: EarthChem is part of a project funded by the Earth Sciences Division of the US NSF to develop a community information model and related software to enable web based interoperability of earth observations derived from sensors and samples that span now discrete data and informatics initiatives for multiple communities. Read more.