Monday, July 14, 2014

Australia Through Time - iPad App

On the weekend 11-13 July 2014 various Australian government institutions had invited to join GovHack 2014.

Governments collect and publish enormous amounts of data, but have limited resources to get it into the hands of their citizens in engaging ways. GovHack is an event to draw together people from government, industry, academia and of course, the general public to mashup, reuse, and remix government data. GovHack is about finding new ways to do great things and encouraging open government and open data.

Most projects targeted the obvious data, like census data or the national archives. Science data are not that attractive because the sources are normally not accessible through simple API and often domain knowledge is needed to understand the data. Not all entries have to be applications in the sense of an app, also interactive infographics are welcome. One entry this year made use of data from Geoscience Australia to make an interactive infographic of the development of the Australian continent through time.

The Australia Through Time iPad App is an interactive app that runs on iPad or in the browser, showing the geological, mineral and biological history of Australia from the Cambrian to the present. It is based on the Australia Through Time poster by Geoscience Australia.This app presents the data in a visually appealing format, condensing it into smaller, readable screens and includes an animated sea-level bar and continental-drift visualization which makes changes in the data more apparent. It uses an intuitive drag gesture to slide through the timeline and display varying content.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Webinars "iDigBio and Using schema.org and microdata for data discovery" 2014-04-15 at 1600 EDT



The topics for the next C4P Webinar are iDigBio (Gil Nelson, Florida State University) and Using schema.org and microdata for data discovery (Douglas Fils, Ocean Leadership Consortium).

The link to the webinar is
WebEx link for April 15, 4-5p ET (the date stated at the link updates weekly)
If a password is required, enter the Meeting Password: 73131647

For plain text postings where the link did not show up: Any updated links or information as well as the updated webinar schedule and archived presentations will be posted at

iDigBio (Gil Nelson, Florida State University)

Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio) is NSF's national resource for facilitating and enabling the digitization of biological and paleobiological collection objects in non-federal, U.S. biodiversity collections. Through its portal it makes available data and images for millions of biological specimens in electronic format for the research community, government agencies, students, educators, and the general public.

Using schema.org and microdata for data discovery (Douglas Fils, Consortium for Ocean Leadership)

HTML5 developments in the area of microdata have provided methods for resource discovery based on structured data embedded into HTML pages.  Combined with the schema.org Dataset and other vocabularies this facilitates a means to bring structured data about scientific data resources to web pages.  This talk will demonstrate examples of these patterns applied to data.oceandrilling.org and other sites.  It will further provide live examples of these patterns and discuss methods that could be used to enhance domain specific data offerings.  

The format is 20 minutes per presenter, with two main parts: (a) a show-and-tell presentation of the science and the resource (b) discussion of the key informatics needs that the resource is facing. The intended audience for this webinar is professional paleogeoscientists and cyber/computer scientists.  All webinars will be recorded and publicly archived at http://workspace.earthcube.org/c4p/content/c4p-webinars.

More about C4P:
Technical information for webinars: cyber4paleo@gmail.com

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

EarthCube webinar series "Advances And Emergent Needs in Paleogeoscience Cyberinfrastructure"

The steering committee of the Collaboration and Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences (C4P) project announced a new webinar series "Advances And Emergent Needs in Paleogeoscience Cyberinfrastructure".

The first webinar will be held on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 at 1600h Eastern Time (2200h CET, 2000h UTC).

The topics on 04 February 2014 are "Community Inventory of EarthCube Resources for Geosciences Interoperability (CINERGI)" and the "Neotoma Database".

The link to the webinar is https://earthcube.webex.com/earthcube/j.php?ED=260505727&UID=1743065277&PW=NOGRjZmUzMDVl&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D%20 for 04 FEB 2014. The date stated at the link is updated weekly.

If a password is required, enter the Meeting Password: 73131647.

The format is 20 minutes per presenter, with two main parts:

  • a show-and-tell presentation of the science and the resource
  • (b) discussion of the key informatics needs that the resource is facing.
The intended audience for this webinar is professional paleogeoscientists and cyber/computer scientists.  All webinars will be recorded and publicly archived at http://workspace.earthcube.org/c4p/content/c4p-webinars

CINERGI EarthCube project (Ilya Zaslavsky)

Community Inventory of EarthCube Resources for Geosciences Interoperability. This Building Blocks project focuses on constructing a community inventory and knowledge base on geoscience information resources to meet the challenge of finding resources across disciplines, assessing their fitness for use in specific research scenarios, and providing tools for integrating and re-using data from multiple domains. The project team envisions a comprehensive system linking geoscience resources, users, publications, usage information, and cyberinfrastructure components. This system would serve geoscientists across all domains to efficiently use existing and emerging resources for productive and transformative research.

http://workspace.earthcube.org/cinergi

Neotoma Database (Eric Grimm)

Neotoma Paleoecology Database and Community is an online hub for data, research, education, and discussion about paleoenvironments. Anyone with an Internet connection can access Neotoma. The primary philosophy behind Neotoma is data sharing so that users can easily: Discover: find information efficiently by searching the database on spatial, temporal, and metadata criteria; Explore: interactively browse and visualize live data and metadata; Share: get data and information in a variety of useful formats (e.g., downloads, reports, graphics).


http://www.neotomadb.org/