Data Help Desk at AGU 2020

DECEMBER 7-11 & 14-16, 2020 ONLINE


The Data Help Desk at AGU2020 (sponsored by EarthCube & supported by ESIP & AGU) will connect researchers with data experts to enhance research and make data and software more open and FAIR. Follow the action on Twitter.


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Do you have data-related questions? Are you looking to make your data and/or software open and FAIR? Are you interested in tools and resources for working with your data or for finding data to reuse? The Data Help Desk is here for you!

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How to Participate

    • Follow the action on Twitter HERE.
    • Ask Data Questions: Share your questions any time from December 7th-11th and 14th-16th via Twitter using the hashtag #DataHelpDesk. Our team of Earth science data professionals has decades of experience in informatics and in many scientific domains and specializes in topics like finding, sharing, analyzing, publishing, and citing data.
    • Watch Tool Demos & Tutorials: We will direct you to helpful tutorials and demos throughout the week that will highlight tools and resources you can use to manage your data and enhance your research. Follow #DataHelpDesk to hear about these!

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Contributed Demos & Tutorials

Learn how to use the NASAWorldview imagery mapping & visualization application to explore global Earth science data imagery. Contributor: NASA Earthdata

A new way to visualize Argo's biogeochemical data using Argovis. Contributor: Argovis

Overview of the DOE's online archive for earth and environmental data: Environmental System Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem (ESS-DIVE). Contributor: ESS-DIVE

Overview of the resources and tools available on the NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network) website. Contributor: NEON.

Learn about the data repository and curation services offered by the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI). Contributor: EDI

Find tips for data management & sources for training on data management topics. Contributor: Nancy Hoebelheinrich (Knowledge Motifs LLC).

Tutorials on using OpenTopography to find and process topographic data. Contributor: OpenTopography
An overview to EarthChem, Astromaterials Data System and the System for Earth Sample Registration (SESAR). Contributor: EarthChem

Learn about Practical Data Management, a module of the NCEAS Learning Hub. Contributor: NCEAS

Learn about data citation best practices and the how the Make Data Count project is supporting data citations for increased credit and attribution. Contributor: DataONE

Learn how DataONE supports easy access and discovery of data across a network of Earth and environmental science data repositories. Contributor: DataONE

Rockd is a popular mobile app that draws on community data resources to help you explore, capture, and share your geological surroundings. Contributor: UWMacrostrat.

New Earth science data resources available to help users find, access, use, and visualize NASA Earth science data. Contributor: NASA Earthdata

What About Model Data? Determining Best Practices for Preservation and Replicability. Contributor: EarthCube Model Data RCN

Learn how to search for, find, and download data through ESS-DIVE, and follow along in the data upload and publication process. Contributor: ESS-DIVE

Open Altimetry is an exploration and visualization tool for data from the NASA ICESat and ICESat-2 satellites. Contributor: OpenAltimetry

ERDDAP is a data server that gives you a simple, consistent way to download subsets of gridded and tabular scientific datasets in common file formats and make graphs and maps. Learn more: here

Cloud-based data tools for research, collaboration, and workflow documentation in the aquatic sciences: JupyterHub and HydroShare. Contributor: CUAHSI

Earth and Space Sciences for the Future – Perspectives from Journals. Contributor: Peter Fox, Editor-in-Chief of AGU Earth and Space Science.

Learn about UNAVCO's data tools. Contributor: UNAVCO

Learn how to share and search astromaterials sample data with the newly-released Astromaterials Data Repository. Contributor: Astromaterials Data System

Learn about data citation best practices and the how the Make Data Count project is supporting data citations for increased credit and attribution. Contributor: DataONE & EDI

Repository & metadata aggregator lightning talks from Data Help Desk at ESA20. Contributors: Arctic Data Center, CUAHSI, DataONE, EDI, iDigBio, NEON, Neotoma

Data Discovery Studio indexes over 1.6 million dataset descriptions from 40+ geoscience data repositories and community contributions. Contributor: Data Discovery Studio

Overview of ezEML, a form-based, do-it-yourself online application for the creation of metadata in the Ecological Metadata Language (EML). Contributor: Environmental Data Initiative (EDI)

Learn about StraboSpot: a tool for collecting & managing a variety of geologic field data types. Contributor: StraboSpot.

Brief walk-through of the structure and organization of NEON’s Instrumented Systems data and how you can access it. Contributor: NEON

The Ag Data Commons is a public, government, scientific research data catalog and repository available to help the agricultural research community share and discover research data funded by the USDA. Contributor: USDA Ag Data Commons

Figshare for Institutions is a next generation, all in one, hosted repository designed for administrators and end users. Contributor: Figshare

HydroShare is repository for sharing, collaborating around, and formally publishing scientific data. Contributor: CUAHSI.

Learn how SGCI serves the science gateway community by sharing experiences & providing services. Contributor: SGCI

Learn about UNAVCO's data services. Contributor: UNAVCO

The EarthChem Library Repository offers researchers a place to archive their geochemical data and receive a DOI for their datasets. Contributor: EarthChem Library

How ontologies can help you find and understand the data you need. Contributor: Arctic Data Center

Data Management Planning: A full overview of how to approach this, guidance for creating a DMP and a demo of the DMPTool. Contributor: DataONE

Peer-Reviewed Notebooks from the EarthCube Community

  • An Interactive GUI for BALTO in a Jupyter notebook (GitHub | Recorded Demo)
  • Argovis API exposed in a Python Jupyter notebook: an easy access to Argo profiles, weather events, and gridded products (GitHub)
  • Semantic Annotation of Data using JSON Linked Data (GitHub)
  • Processing digital elevation data for deep learning models using Keras Spatial (GitHub)
  • Vertical Regridding and Remapping (GitHub)
  • Scikit-downscale: an open source Python package for scalable climate downscaling (GitHub | Recorded Demo)
  • 3D volume rendering of geophysical data using the yt platform (GitHub | Recorded Demo)
  • Big Arrays, Fast: Profiling Cloud Storage Read Throughput (GitHub)
  • CMIP6 without the interpolation: Grid-native analysis with Pangeo in the cloud (GitHub | Recorded Demo)
  • Intake / Pangeo Catalog: Making It Easier To Consume Earth’s Climate and Weather Data Multi-Cloud workflows with Pangeo and Dask Gateway (GitHub | Recorded Demo)
  • Jupyter Notebooks, the PmagPy Software Package and the Magnetics Information Consortium (MagIC) Database (GitHub | Recorded Demo)
  • Jupyter Meets the Earth Community Forum (Full-length recording | Summary)


QGreenland is a a free GIS package for Greenland: A free mapping tool to support interdisciplinary Greenland-focused research, teaching, decision making, and collaboration. Contributor: QGreenland

Learn about the data repository and curation services offered by the Environmental Data Initiative (EDI). Contributor: EDI

Institutional Data Repositories: An Important Option for Complying with Data Sharing Requirements. Contributor: University of Michigan Library

Science gateways allow science & engineering communities to access shared resources. Learn how SGCI serves the science gateway community by sharing experiences & providing services. Contributor: SGCI

Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS) is a community-trusted data repository for marine geophysical data products and complementary data related to understanding the formation and evolution of the seafloor and sub-seafloor. Contributor: MGDS

OpenAltimetry is a cyberinfrastructure platform for discovery, access, and visualization of data from NASA's ICESat and ICESat-2 missions. Contributor: OpenAltimetry

Learn how NCEAS conducts transformational science focused on informing solutions that will allow people and nature to thrive. Contributor: NCEAS

The OpenTopography Community Dataspace allows those who are producing small to
moderate sized topographic datasets to archive, sharing, and properly cite their data. Contributor: OpenTopography

Learn basics & tips for use of R, RStudio, and Jupyter Notebooks. Contributor: Shweta Narkar, PhD Student at RPI.

Learn more about Earthchem, SESAR, and the Astromaterials Data System – a one-stop-shop for samples and sample-related data. Contributor: EarthChem

Bringing global oceanic lithology and microfossil data collected by the ocean drilling programs to a single, searchable platform. Contributor: eODP (Extending Ocean Drilling Pursuits)

Learn about the data holdings of CCHDO, a public repository for high-quality repeat CTD and bottle data from GO-SHIP and other programs. Contributor: CCHDO

The Arctic Data Center (ADC) helps the research community reproducibly preserve and discover all products of NSF-funded science in the Arctic, including data, metadata, software, and documents. Contributor: ADC

The ERDDAP data server simplifies data discovery, visualization, and download. Contributor: Cara Wilson (NOAA SWFSC) & Dale Robinson (UC Santa Cruz)
The GMRT Synthesis is a multi-resolution Digital Elevation Model (DEM) maintained in 3 projections and managed with scalable global architecture. Learn how you can access the DEM as grids, images, points, and profiles. Contributor: GMRT.
AICE: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Solutions for the Arctic & Antarctic Discovery. Contributor: 
CUAHSI's tools and resources improve data accessibility and reproducibility, strength scientific data management, and fulfill data management requirements. Contributor: CUAHSI

Find learning resources on topics related to research data skills and data management. Contributor: Data Management Training Clearinghouse

Geoweaver is a web system for composing & executing full-stack deep learning workflows by taking advantage of online spatial data facilities, high-performance computation platforms, and open-source deep learning libraries. Contributor: Geoweaver

Data Discovery Studio indexes over 1.6 million dataset descriptions from 40+ geoscience data repositories and community contributions. Contributor: Data Discovery Studio

Learn about the US Antarctic Program Data Center (USAP-DC). Contributor: USAP-DC

Brief presentation on how PIDs can help researchers make their data FAIR and themselves better know. Contributor: Knowledge Motifs.

A brief overview of the EarthCube Research Coordination Network (RCN) project, “What about model data?” Determining Best Practices for Preservation and Replicability. Contributor: What About Model Data RCN

DataONE is a community driven program providing access to data across multiple member repositories, supporting enhanced search and discovery of Earth and environmental data. Contributor: DataONE

Figshare is an all-in-one, hosted repository that helps researchers and institutions make research outputs findable and citable. Contributor: Figshare

The USGS Community for Data Integration (CDI) grows the knowledge base in data integration and management in the Earth sciences. Contributor: CDI

The TDS Jupyter Notebook service helps users discover, access, and visualize THREDDS datasets with Python. Contributor: Unidata

The Paper and the Data: 5 Part Series

Module 1: Introduction. Learn about challenges with accessing data, the AGU Data Position Statement, recommendations from the NAS, updated Journal guidelines, and benefits of sharing data and software. Contributor: AGU/ESIP.

Module 4: Peer Review. Peer review recommendations from AGU and examples. Contributor: AGU/ESIP.

Module 2: Data. Learn about what data should go into a repository, considerations for choosing a repository, and citing data. Contributor: AGU/ESIP.

Module 5: Persistent Identifiers. Learn about persistent identifiers, including ORCID, DOI, and more. Contributor: AGU/ESIP.

Module 3: Software. Learn about what software should go into a repository, software availability statements, considerations for choosing a repository, and citing software. Contributor: AGU/ESIP.

Complete Slides. View slides from the modules that make up “The Paper and The Data: Authors, Reviewers, and Editors Webinar on Updated Journal Practices for Data (and Software).” Contributor: AGU/ESIP.


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