CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE FOR PALEOBIOSCIENCES (C4P): BUILDING A COMMUNITY OF GEOSCIENTISTS AND CYBERSCIENTISTS FOR THE EARTH-LIFE SYSTEM
For EarthCube to succeed, cyberinfrastructure development must be community-driven, flexible, integrative, and inclusive: it must be rooted in existing community resources and practices. In response to this need, we are launching the Cyberinfrastructure for Paleobiosciences (C4P), a Research Coordination Network with the goals of 1) discovering, cataloging, and providing a clearinghouse of existing resources; 2) identifying best practices and standards, particularly with respect to geochronological and paleobiological data; 3) identifying barriers to data integration; and 4) stimulating communication and collaboration among geoscientists and computer scientists. Planned activities include a webinar series describing current advances in geoinformatics to be launched in Fall 2013, town halls and workshops, and a new catalog that will identify existing database resources, software tools, data standards, and best practices, which will be integrated with other EarthCube inventories. All activities are intended to maximize engagement within and across disciplines, e.g. paleobiologists, bioinformaticists, stratigraphers, geochronologists, geographers, data scientists, and computer scientists. Ultimately, by dissolving existing barriers among these disciplines, the goal is to improve the application of modern data management, data mining, and computational methods to the unified study of the Earth-Life System.