GRIIDC Attends 2019 AGU Fall Meeting

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 Rosalie Rossi (GRIIDC Program Manager) and Callan Yanoff (Consortium for Ocean Leadership) at AGU Dec 2019
Rosalie Rossi (GRIIDC Program Manager) and Callan Yanoff (Consortium for Ocean Leadership) at AGU Dec 2019

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AGU 2019, San Francisco, CA
AGU 2019, San Francisco, CA

GRIIDC Program Manager Rosalie Rossi, attended the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in San Francisco from December 9-13, 2019. The AGU fall meeting is the largest international meeting of Earth and space sciences in the world. Rossi attended sessions focused on data repositories, data citation, and FAIR data principles. She also presented a poster detailing GRIIDC’s commitment to the FAIR data principles.

The 2019 meeting was AGU’s Centennial. A diverse community of researchers were able to participate in Centennial presentations and special events that were promised to “bring to life the past, present and future of our science.” The conference featured presentations about “rapid developments in our science, new approaches to observing our Earth and beyond, the introduction of new data streams, growing demand for accessible science, the expansion of convergent science, and more.”

Rossi presented a poster titled “GRIIDC: A Tale of One Data Repository’s Journey to Become FAIR” (https://doi.org/10.1002/essoar.10501555.1) for the session Data Integration: Enabling the Acceleration of Science Through Connectivity, Collaboration, and Convergent Science. The poster tells the story of how GRIIDC was developed at the height of Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery efforts. Researchers were collecting post-spill data as GRIIDC was quickly being developed in order to ingest a large quantity of data — a unique challenge for a data repository. The poster focused on the FAIR data principles (where scientific data is easily Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) and describes how GRIIDC has worked and continues to work to ensure data are FAIR. In the “Challenges” section, one of the major hurdles was developing a data repository in response to an oil spill and evolving into a more “FAIR” repository with a strong team of data curators, subject matter experts, and software developers. Some “Development Improvements” on the poster included adding DOI attribution to metadata, standardized vocabulary, and detailed provenance. The poster also acknowledged the growth of funding organizations utilizing GRIIDC which include Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence (MBRACE), Texas OneGulf Center of Excellence, Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program (FLRACEP), the National Academy of Sciences, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, NOAA and Texas Parks and Wildlife.

GRIIDC teamed up with colleagues from the Consortium for Ocean Leadership (COL) to host an exhibit booth for GoMRI. GRIIDC and COL are both part of the GoMRI administrative unit which also consists of members from the Northern Gulf Institute. GRIIDC assisted in answering questions regarding data management as well as the GoMRI program.

Members at the GoMRI booth also promoted a Story Collider event held during AGU, which is a group that hosts live shows featuring “true, personal stories about science.” The Story Collider collaborated with AGU and GoMRI for an episode called “The Story Collider Presents: Stories from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative,” in which GoMRI consortium Center for the Integrated Modeling and Analysis of Gulf Ecosystems (C-IMAGE) researchers told their stories about their research in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

GRIIDC is excited to continue to spread the word about our evolving multidisciplinary data repository and work with new partners in the New Year.