Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Summer 2016 Newsletter

Dear Experimentalists,

We have a few important events and updates we want to let you know about.

Here is a summary of the items in this newsletter:
      1.     Joint CSDMS/SEN Meeting Summary
      2.     Future of SEN
      3.     Updates to SEN Knowledge Base
      4.     Upcoming SEN Events

1.  Joint CSDMS/SEN Meeting Summary
This year SEN cohosted the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System’s (CSDMS) annual meeting held on May 17-19th, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado, with over 120 people in attendance.  SEN’s own Wonsuck Kim presented a keynote talk about “Overcoming Grand Challenges by Collaboration between Experimentalists and Modelers.”   SEN also hosted a clinic to demonstrate the experimental data lifecycle and promote experimentalist-modeler collaboration through the use of the Knowledge Base.  Through this clinic we were able to obtain community feedback on the Knowledge Base site (www.sedexp.net), which we have already started to implement (see section 3 of newsletter for more details).

Please check out the photo album from the meeting.

2.  Future of SEN
We are excited to announce that SEN will officially continue through July 2017 and we are looking for ideas of what we should do in the coming year and into the extended future.  Please send ideas and feedback to sedimentexp@gmail.com.

3.  Updates to SEN Knowledge Base
Based on the feedback we collected during the CSDMS Meeting, we have made a lot of exciting improvements to the SEN Knowledge Base (www.sedexp.net).  Here are a few of the highlights:
·      Improved search functionality
·      Added information defining entry types (http://www.sedexp.net/entries/add)
·      Improved workflow for creating entry process

We encourage you check out these updates and post entries on your experiments!

4.  Upcoming SEN Events
SEN has many exciting events planned for Summer 2016.

SEN at SIESD
SEN will be presenting at this year’s NCED’s Summer Institute on Earth Surface Dynamics being held August 11-22 at University of Minnesota.  The institute is “designed to engage young scientists [by] integrating theory, laboratory experiments, numerical modeling, and fieldwork.”  Raleigh Martin will be representing SEN by presenting a lecture and leading an interactive group activity on best data management practices.

EarthCube All Hands Meeting
EarthCube is hosting its annual All Hands meeting on July 6th through 8th in Denver, Colorado.  SEN will be in attendance to update the community on our progress and to connect with other EarthCube funded projects.

More Live Experiments
SEN will be broadcasting more live experiments.  Please stay tuned to the SEN twitter account (@sedimentexp) and the blog for updates and links to live feeds.  If you are interested in broadcasting your experiments, please email us (sedimentexp@gmail.com) and we can help you get set up.

For up to date information about SEN, please check out our blog at http://sedimentexperiments.blogspot.com/ and follow us on Twitter (@sedimentexp).

Happy experimenting,
The Sediment Experimentalist Network


Friday, May 27, 2016

GeoDeepDive webinar - Friday, June 3, 2 PM EDT

The EarthCube Science Committee is excited to announce the next in its series of "EarthCube Tools" webinars on the GeoDeepDive project, which should be useful for exploring the nooks and crannies of the scientific literature for useful research data and information.  See below for more information:

Friday, June 3, at 2 pm EDT
(1 PM CDT, 12 PM MDT, 11 AM PDT/MST, 8 AM HST)

GeoDeepDive: A digital library and infrastructure to support text and data mining

with Shanan Peters, John Czaplewski, Miron Livny, and Ian Ross
University of Wisconsin

Call-in and event details are available here
This webinar will describe GeoDeepDive, a project that is comprehensively scouring data and information from the scientific literature for reuse.  Join us for a description and walk-through of this NSF EarthCube-sponsored project and learn how you can start using GeoDeepDive to advance your research.

Abstract:
The published scientific literature contains a large amount of data and information that has utility beyond the scope of the original investigation. For example, fossil occurrences are commonly described in the literature as part of local and regional field work, but literature-based syntheses of millions of fossil occurrences from around the world are required to generate an accurate history of life on Earth. Here we describe GeoDeepDive (GDD), a High Throughput cyberinfrastructure to support the reliable, scalable, and automated fetching of documents from content providers, the preprocessing of those documents by software tools that provide annotations for machine reading, and the indexing of those documents based on known vocabularies of scientific terms.

The GeoDeepDive infrastructure currently contains more than 1.2 million documents (https://geodeepdive.org) from six different content providers and grows at a rate of ~30K documents per week. Software applications can now be written by scientists to extract data and information from these documents using the GeoDeepDive application template and testing datasets. The GDD infrastructure supports the running of supported applications against the whole of the relevant document set; continual updating of the result set occurs as new relevant documents are acquired and processed. The high throughput computing capabilities of HTCondor are critical to the processing of documents and the deployment of new tools against the entire library as they are developed and as the digital library grows.

About the webinar series:
The EarthCube Tools webinar series, organized by the Science Committee of the NSF-sponsored EarthCube program, provides practical demonstrations of how EarthCube projects can help you to collect, access, share, and visualize geoscience data.  Each webinar begins with a showcase of an EarthCube funded project followed by ample time for questions and conversation.  Wary of EarthCube jargon?  Presenters will describe their projects in plain English for scientists in all disciplines who may be unfamiliar with EarthCube.  Here’s a chance for you (and your colleagues, team members, and students) to learn about EarthCube and how it can help to advance your scientific work.  More information on the webinar series is available here.  Archived video will be available on the website about one week after the webinar.

Upcoming webinar:
Friday, August 5, 2 pm EDT (1 PM CDT, 12 PM MDT, 11 AM PDT/MST, 8 AM HST)

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

3 PhD vacancies on biomorphodynamics and geology of Holocene estuaries

Just/nearly got your MSc in earth surface dynamics / civil engineering / and ready for the next level challenge?

The long-term development of estuaries (river mouths with ebb and flood, with sand of mud and with lots of species) is still partly hidden in the mists of time. We are beginning to blow at this mist with a team of numerical modellers (Delft3D), Holocene geologists, ecologists and experimenters in the novel www.uu.nl/metronome facility.

We are LOOKING for 3 PhD CANDIDATES:

You can count on lots of interactions with other PhDs, expert postdocs, technicians, research students and the PI. We are already having great fun with promising hard science but we are also in direct contact with governmental institutes and engineering/consultancy companies for applications asap in the real world and for your future job perspectives. We have four years of competitive salary and travel costs for three excellent candidates, but you will really want to apply for your once-in-a-lifetime experience of steep learning curves, true mono- and interdisciplinary teamwork, thrilling discoveries and, best of all, very hard work.


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Thursday, May 5, 2016

May Newsletter

Dear Experimentalists,

We have a few important events and updates we want to let you know about.

This issue contains the following:
       1.     Joint SEN/CSDMS Meeting and Survey – May 17-19
       2.     SEN/CSDMS Travel Grant Contest Winners
       3.     EarthCube Tools – GeoSemantics Webinar – this Friday, May 6
       4.     New Live Experiments Calendar

1.  CSDMS/SEN Annual Meeting
SEN will be cohosting the Community Surface Dynamics Modeling System’s (CSDMS) annual meeting being held on May 17-19th, 2016 in Boulder, Colorado.  This year’s theme is Capturing Climate Change.  Keynote talks and hands-on clinics will focus on “advances in simulating the imprint of climate change on the land and seascapes, including the processes that influence them.” For more information, please follow this link.

SEN will be hosting a clinic during the meeting and is asking for feedback from you.  Help us make it easier to work with data and models by taking the survey.

2.  SEN/CSDMS Travel Grant Contest Winners
Thank you to all the participants of the SEN/CSDMS Travel Grant Contest.  We received many great applications.  The winners will receive a fully funded trip to attend the upcoming SEN/CSDMS Meeting in Boulder, CO this May.  The winners are:

Mitchell Donovan, PhD Student, Watershed Sciences, Utah State University
Hui Tang, PhD Candidate, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech

Congratulations to these two early career scientists for their efforts in data utilization in numerical modeling.

3.  Upcoming Webinars
We encourage you to attend the next in the series of "EarthCube Tools" webinars, which will be useful for any scientists needing to work with data from a variety of sources.  This webinar will be particularly useful for members of the SEN community planning to attend the upcoming CSDMS meeting.

Title: 
GeoSemantic Framework for Integrating Long-Tail Data and Models

Date/time: Friday, May 62 pm EDT (1 PM CDT, 12 PM MDT, 11 AM PDT/MST, 8 AM HST)

Presenters: Drs. Praveen Kumar and Mostafa Elag, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Description: This webinar will describe GeoSemantics, a project developing tools to “foster seamless integration of models with data.”

Call-in and event details are available here.

About the webinars:
The EarthCube Tools for Doing Geoscience webinar series, organized by the Science Committee of the NSF-sponsored EarthCube program, provides practical demonstrations of how EarthCube projects can help you to collect, access, share, and visualize geoscience data. Each webinar begins with a showcase of an EarthCube funded project followed by ample time for questions and conversation. Wary of EarthCube jargon? Presenters will describe their projects in plain English for scientists in all disciplines who may be unfamiliar with EarthCube. Here’s a chance for you (and your colleagues, team members, and students) to learn about EarthCube and how it can help to advance your scientific work. More information on the webinar series is available here. Archived video will be available on the website about one week after the webinar.

Upcoming webinar:
“GeoDeepDive”
Friday, June 3, 2 pm EDT (1 PM CDT, 12 PM MDT, 11 AM PDT/MST, 8 AM HST)

4.  New Live Experiments Calendar
Don’t want to miss an upcoming live experiment or SEN event?  Then stay up to date with the new calendar on the SEN blog.  It also includes archives of links to past experiments, so you can check out videos you may have missed!


For up to date information about SEN, please check out our blog at http://sedimentexperiments.blogspot.com/ and follow us on Twitter (@sedimentexp).

Happy experimenting,
The Sediment Experimentalist Network