Recent News

  • New EarthChem Projects & Collaborations

    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.
    • 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.


  • VentDB: Major Data Synthesis of Seafloor Hydrothermal Spring Geochemistry Released in the EarthChem Library

    Nov 2012. A suite of 19 regional syntheses of seafloor hydrothermal spring geochemistry have been compiled by Michael Mottl (University of Hawaii) in collaboration with EarthChem as part of the NSF-funded VentDB project and are now accessible in the EarthChem Library. Each synthesis is available as an .xls spreadsheet that contains a complete compilation of geochemical data measured from hydrothermal spring samples collected ina geographically well defined area (e.g., Galapagos Spreading Center, EPR 21N, Guaymas, etc.). The complete suite contains data from over 140 publications. For detailed information about the VentDN synthesis, please download the explanatory notes (doi:10.1594/IEDA/100207).

  • EarthCube Workshop: Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences

    Nov 2012. As part of the EarthCube initiative, NSF is convening a series of workshops to identify critical cyberinfrastructure needs and opportunities in the geosciences. Within this effort, the Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences working group is seeking to gather information and input in the general domain of paleoenvironmental and paleobiological sciences. To this end, we invite you to participate in three ways:


    1) Attend our Town Hall meeting at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to learn about the EarthCube initiative, discuss community needs and opportunities, and provide input. The AGU town hall meeting will be held:
    Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 5:30-7:00pm in Room Pacific C at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel (55 Fourth Street).


    2) Take our community survey to assess current community cyberinfrastructure resources and utilization. Please take the survey! We need your input whether or not you're participating in another capacity, and your responses will ensure that our community is well-represented within the EarthCube initiative.


    3) Apply to attend our workshop in Minneapolis, February 4-6, 2013 with representatives drawn from across the paleoenvironmental and paleobiological sciences. We will synthesize and summarize the inputs from the GSA and AGU town halls and survey. The steering committee will select participants from the applicant pool to ensure broad community representation. Full travel support will be provided to all participants.


    For more information about these events and the Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences working group, see our webpage at the EarthCube website. If you are interested in participating, please sign up on that webpage.


    Thanks to all,
    Anders Noren
    Jack Williams
    Kerstin Lehnert
    Shanan Peters
    Eric Grimm
    Julie Brigham-Grette
    Emi Ito
    David Anderson
    Jessica Tierney

  • Elsevier and EarthChem linking: how it benefits you

    Nov 2012. Elsevier has placed a pod with information about bidirectional linking to the EarthChem database on the homepage of each of the 23 journals with this linking. The announcement explains how the linking works, what authors need to do, and how readers, database users, authors, and databases benefit from this linking between articles and datasets.


    Click here to read the text. 


    The journals are:

    • Applied Geochemistry
    • Chemical Geology
    • Earth and Planetary Science Letters
    • Earth-Science Reviews
    • Engineering Geology
    • Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta
    • Gondwana Research
    • Journal of African Earth Sciences
    • Journal of Asian Earth Sciences
    • Journal of Geochemical Exploration
    • Journal of Geodynamics
    • Journal of South American Earth Sciences
    • Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
    • Lithos
    • Marine Geology
    • Ore Geology Reviews
    • Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
    • Physics of The Earth and Planetary Interiors
    • Precambrian Research
    • Quaternary Geochronology
    • Quaternary International
    • Quaternary Research
    • Quaternary Science Reviews