Data Help Desk at 2021 EGU General Assembly

April 19th-23rd, 2021 ONLINE


The Data Help Desk at the 2021 EGU General Assembly (vEGU21: Gather Online), which is a program of ESIP, EGU, and AGU, will connect researchers with data and software 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 earth science data or software-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 & Software Questions: Share your questions any time from April 19th-23rd 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!

Contributed Demos & Tutorials

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

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).

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

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

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

This video provides an overview of the resources and tools available on the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) website. Contributor: NEON.

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

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

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

Introduction to A Graduate Student's Road Map to Data Management Training, which can be found at Contributor: ESIP Community Fellows.

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.

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

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

Earth and Space Sciences for the Future – Perspectives from Journals

Dr. Peter Fox, titan in the informatics community and Editor-in-Chief of AGU Earth and Space Science who passed away in March 2021, recorded this presentation for the Virtual Data Help Desk held in conjunction with last year's EGU General Assembly. Dr. Fox made significant contributions to both domain science and informatics. He started or championed numerous international organizations aimed at advancing the field of Earth science information and was an outstanding mentor and colleague for so many. To read more about him, please see this tribute.

Related Sessions & Events at vEGU21

Great Debate on Software
Thu 22 Apr. 15:00-16:30 CEST
Conducting geoscientific research today is unthinkable without research software. However, there are different views on the importance of research software and its role in science. The proposals to improve research software touch on all aspects of academia, such as funding, credit and reward systems, job descriptions and career paths, or evaluation schemes (of papers, people, projects). A growing community of researchers and software developers gather under the umbrella of Research Software Engineering (RSEng) and argue that research software is not merely a by-product of science, but effective and sustainable development of research software needs a skillset and resources beyond current academic education or management plans. This great debate puts the questions, problems, challenges, and opportunities around research software in geosciences to the center of EGU, as it is a topic that concerns every researcher who uses computers. Learn more at

Ian McHarg Medal Lecture & Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award Lecture
Tue, 20 Apr. 10:30–12:15 (CEST)

More info HERE

Check out these other relevant Earth and Space Science Informatics (ESSI) sessions at vEGU21. Then consider tweeting any questions or things you found interesting to #DataHelpDesk.

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)


A guide to help graduate students wade through the ocean of data resources learn data management practices to help with various graduate school milestones. Contributor: Ben Roberts-Pierel, Eleanor Davis, and Yuhan Rao

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

Discover seismic data available at the IRIS using the availability web service. Contributor: IRIS

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

F1000 is an open access publishing platform supporting data deposition and sharing. Contributor: F1000

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

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

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: 

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

pyrolite is a set of tools for helping geochemists new to Python quickly get off the ground and make use of their data. Contributor: pyrolite

Intro to a deep-time knowledge base aimed at helping geoscientists use deep-time as a framework to synthesize datasets. Contributor: Deep Time Knowledge Base

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

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

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