SAM BOWRING - PIONEERING COLLABORATION BETWEEN EARTH SCIENCE AND COMPUTER SCIENCE
In the twenty years since then, Sam Bowring has lead the efforts to reify these ideas in concert with the authors and others. He worked with Doug Erwin to establish EARTHTIME in 2001 as a community-driven initiative with the goal of calibrating Earth history and developing the geochronological techniques necessary to produce high precision dates. These techniques included the collaborative development of robust open source software tools to support the scientific workflows of geochronologists including data reduction, analysis, and archiving. The resulting tools Tripoli and ET_Redux, developed with the authors and others, now play a key role in U-Pb geochronology. One of the most important aspects of his vision and these efforts was his anticipation of open data and the integration of these tools with EarthChem data repositories, especially Geochron.org, developed with author Doug Walker. Sam and Doug understood the power of open access to data and Sam insisted early on that ET_Redux be able to compile archived analyses from data repositories to potentially support novel advances. The overarching theme of Sam Bowring’s vision for collaborative development of cyberinfrastructure is the potential to improve education at all levels by insisting on transparency and reproducibility.