IEDA Newsletter, February 2018, No. 21

This newsletter summarizes new features and improvements in the Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance (IEDA) systems. Click on the links below for more detailed information.

IEDA Community

  • It was a busy AGU for the IEDA Team! We enjoyed engaging with many of you at the IEDA Booth and at the workshop on IEDA Data Resources for Antarctic Science. IEDA team members gave several presentations on IEDA resources and participated in the 2018 AGU Data Fair, a series of sessions and events designed to help scientists improve their data skills and practices. If you were not able to catch up with us at AGU, you can always contact us at with questions or comments about our resources.
  • IEDA invites you to attend the Data Science in Geochemistry Workshop to be held on August 12th during the 2018 Goldschmidt Conference in Boston. Participants will learn about geochemical data resources and tools for mining, visualizing, and statistically analyzing the data. The workshop will also include brief introductions to fundamental aspects of geochemical data management and data access in geochemistry, and provide time for participants to think creatively and design new ways to use and interact with the data and develop research applications. Participants will be encouraged to contribute their own scientific use cases.
  • Through the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, a coalition of groups representing the international Earth and space science community has been funded to develop standards that will connect researchers, publishers, and data repositories in the Earth and space sciences to enable FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data on a large scale. IEDA’s Kerstin Lehnert is the chair of the steering committee for the Enabling Fair Data Project. Learn more here.

Tools and Services

  • An updated web interface for the U.S. Antarctic Program Data Center (USAP-DC) was launched.
  • SESAR v.7.1.0 was released. The new version allows users to easily set and edit sample metadata release dates and also relaxes formatting restrictions for dates in SESAR batch registration templates. To learn more, see here.
  • EarthChem Library v.3.5.0 was released. The new version includes a tool that streamlines the data curation process with respect to registering and updating data DOI records. Records now conform to most recent version of DataCite Metadata Schema (v.4.0) and include more content, including IGSNs and funding awards.
  • GMRT version 3.5 was released with curated multibeam data from 33 additional cruises covering a total area of over 1 million square kilometers, and bringing the total number of cruises in GMRT to 1,007. Data in this release are from the Southern Ocean (2 cruises), Atlantic Ocean (7 cruises), Indian Ocean (5 cruises), and Pacific Ocean (22 cruises). With this release, we have moved GMRT content to the Amazon cloud and anticipate improved performance for users. All GMRT services are now secure making them more easily integrated into a variety of web applications. Learn more about this release here.


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