The National Science Foundation announced it will spend $14.5 million in grants to improve its EarthCube framework.
The program aims to create a data and knowledge management system for use in the geosciences to predict the Earth system, which deals with everything from the sun, atmosphere and the center of the Earth.
“Pushing the frontiers of the geosciences requires innovative ways to connect and share data and information,” said Roger Wakimoto, NSF’s assistant director for geosciences. “As the Internet revolutionized the way we lead our daily lives, scientists are searching for technologies that will advance the ability to discover, collaborate and conduct research at all levels.”
The EarthCube framework does just what Wakimoto described. With so much information being processed and stored in huge data sets, it can be hard for scientists to find and synthesize the data they need. EarthCube plans to establish a computing system that can help find, extract and aggregate data for geoscientists and share it with others.
NSF awarded the $14.5 million in 13 contracts to scientists who focus on data governance, discovery and mining. Others specialize in workflows and data access.
The contracts were awarded mostly to universities ranging from Columbia University to Stanford University and will focus on, among other things, software building, cyber-infrastructure and deploying Web services across multiple geoscience domains.