Data Help Desk at GSA 2020



The Data Help Desk at GSA2020 (sponsored by EarthCube) 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 October 26th-30th 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!

    • Join Virtual Office Hours & Other Events: Some of our partners may host virtual office hours and other live drop-in events throughout the week, where you can ask questions, view demos, and more. 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

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. Contributor: EarthChem

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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)


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

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 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

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

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

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.

Upcoming Data Help Desks

26 October 2020

Data Help Desk at GSA Annual Meeting

Join the next Data Help Desk, to be held in conjunction with the Geological Society of America 2020 Connects Online. This Data Help Desk is sponsored by EarthCube, and further supported by ESIP and the GSA Geoinformatics & Data Science Division.

December 2020

Data Help Desk at AGU Fall Meeting

Details coming soon! To be held in conjunction with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting. This Data Help Desk is sponsored by EarthCube, and further supported by ESIP and AGU.


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