Friday, March 20, 2015

Early Career Travel Grants available from EarthCube!

The EarthCube Engagement Team is excited announce that it is now accepting applications for its Early Career Travel Grant program, which aims to provide funds to early career researchers in the geosciences for participation at meetings, workshops and conferences where EarthCube-related work is to be presented or discussed (e.g. professional meetings of AGU, GSA, ESIP, etc.).

Early career researchers (within five years of having attained a Ph.D, including “All But Dissertation” Ph.D candidates) from all academic institutions, including Universities and Colleges, their departments or science clubs/organizations, as well as State Geological Surveys or other government entities, are invited to apply.

For full details on this opportunity, please visit the EarthCube website announcement:

Saturday, February 7, 2015

EarthCube's Strategic Science Plan - open for comment

The EarthCube Science Committee has drafted a Strategic Science Plan (SSP). Over the next few months the SSP will be refined prior to being discussed at the All Hands Meeting and eventually forwarded to the NSF.

The first stages in the SSP’s development involved reviewing what has been accomplished and how that might mesh with the challenges faced by the geosciences as a whole (SSP Sections 2-4).  The Science Committee is currently soliciting comments and feedback on these sections and as part of this process the Science Committee asks one thing of you:

Read the Strategic Science Plan and submit comments to either Emma <> or Basil Gomez <> before 27 February, 2015.

Download a copy of the Strategic Science Plan.

Recap of how you can help:
  1. Download and read the SSP
  2. Are your science goals adequately covered? Submit comments to Emma <> or Basil Gomez <> before 27 February, 2015.

An Overview Presentation on SEN

Last week, SEN gave a presentation at the EarthCube C4P (Collaboration and Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeoscience) Webinar Series. The webinar series this spring focuses on "Synthesizing Cyberinfrastructure Efforts of C4P and the EarthCube Community." Throughout the spring, there will be talks from different EarthCube projects and C4P-related cyberinfrastructure efforts.

Here's our talk, given by Leslie Hsu of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory but made possible by all of the members of SEN. (Quick summary: 1. motivation, 2. overview of activities, 3. collaborations with other EarthCube projects GeoSoft, CINERGI, and Geosemantic Framework for Integrating Long-Tail Data and Models.)

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Live Feed of Delta Experiments

Check out the live broadcast of experiments being conducted at the University of Wyoming:

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Live Broadcast of Delta Experiments at UWyo!

Join the experiment at the University of Wyoming.  Delta experiments run by John Shaw, Brandon McElroy, and Kim Miler will be broadcast today from 1:00 pm EST to 3:00 am EST.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Live broadcast of delta experiments today!

Today, a group at University of Wyoming is going to be streaming live video of delta experiments via YouTube Live.

They will be starting ~noon EST (about an hour!)

The link to experiments:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

SEN January News: Photos from around SEN, Citing Software, and Data Management Plans

  • Share photos of your experiments
  • Workshop Report Posted
  • Town Hall Summary
  • Overview Presentation about SEN on February 3
  • Data Management Plans
  • Making your Code Citable

Share photos of your experiments

It's fun to see experiments from different labs. If you share an experimental photo with us via Twitter @sedimentexp or email, we'll share it with the SEN community on our Twitter feed!
You can see recent photos here.

Workshop Report Posted

We've posted the workshop report for SEN Going Dutch: Exploring the Life Cycle of Sedimentary Experiments. At the workshop, we collected data in a community experiment, listened to keynote talks, and initiated working groups for our three project components of SEN Knowledge Base, SEN Education & Standards, and SEN Experimental Collaboratories.
You can access the workshop report from this blog post.

Town Hall Summary

In December we held a gathering at the AGU Fall Meeting so that investigators could voice their challenges and concerns about publishing and sharing data.
You can access the Town Hall Summary from this blog post.

Overview Presentation about SEN on February 3

SEN will give a presentation summarizing our activities and connections within EarthCube on Tuesday, February 3rd, in the EarthCube C4P Webinar Series. The webinar is from 3-4p EST and there will be two presentations, both from EarthCube Research Coordination Networks.

Matty Mookerjee (Sonoma State) will present on EC3: Earth Centered Communication for Cyberinfrastructure - Challenges of Field Data Collection, Management, and Integration, and Leslie Hsu (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory) will present on SEN: Building a Sediment Experimentalist Network.
More information here.

Data Management Plans

Have you recently submitted a data management plan for a proposal on sediment experiments? Are you still wondering what constitutes a successful plan? One of our most common requests is to see example data management plans for experimental investigations. We'd like to collect a few more plans to annotate before posting a SEN Data Management Plan FAQ. If you are willing to share your plan as an example, or have specific questions about data management plans, send them our way at

Making your code citable

SEN is at a software and data citation workshop this week, learning lots of new things. Want to make your code citable so that others can give you credit for your work? It's possible using GitHub: