Virtual Data Help Desk during EGU 2020

May 4-8, 2020, ONLINE

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 Virtual Data Help Desk is here for you!

About the Virtual Data Help Desk

The Virtual Data Help Desk, which is a program of EGU, AGU, ESIP, and EarthCube, provides researchers with opportunities to engage with informatics experts familiar with their scientific domain and to learn about skills and techniques that will help further their research and make their data and software open and FAIR. The Virtual Data Help Desk will be staffed with experts from the Earth science informatics community to answer data-related questions and to demo useful resources. The Data Help Desk has been a physical event in years past, but this year represents an exciting opportunity for anyone to jump in and ask questions, regardless of geographic location. Join us to improve your data skills and practices!

Ask Data Questions

Share your questions via Twitter using the hashtags #DataHelpDesk and #shareEGU20. Our team of Earth science data professionals has years of experience in informatics and in many scientific domains and specializes in topics like finding, sharing, analyzing, publishing, and citing data.

Ask Me Anything Office Hours

Drop in to see short tutorials from our experts and to ask follow-up questions during virtual office hours.

Demos & Training

Our experts will provide short tutorials and demos that highlight tools and resources you can use to manage your data and enhance your research. We will share these on Twitter using #DataHelpDesk and you may also find a list below.

Contributed Demos & Tutorials

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

Getting Started with NASA Worldview. Contributor: NASA Earthdata.

Tidy-ing your data: Simple steps for reproducible research. Contributor: DataONE.

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

Learn how to download and “drill” through multiple NASA data files using the Data Rods service. Contributor: NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC).

Learn how to subset and remap Earth observing satellite data using the Level 3/4 Regridder Subsetter Data Service. Contributor: NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC).

Learn how to simplify the process of validating satellite observations with ground based measurements using the Level 2 data subsetter. Contributor: NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC).

Giovanni (Geospatial Interactive Online Visualization aNd ANalysis Infrastructure) provides online access to numerous data products from NASA Earth Observation. Contributor: NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC).

Learn about the findability, accessibility, and interoperability of seismic data. Contributor: IRIS.

Access Argo profiles via API, or visualize temperature, salinity, and BGC data by location, and more. Contributor: Argovis.

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

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

Learn about the Animal Telemetry Network Data Portal, including key features and how to submit data. Contributor: Axiom Data Science.

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

Multidimensional Analysis: Geoprocessing tools in ArcGIS Pro 2.5. Contributor: Esri

Search and analyze geospatial imagery to see changes across the planet over time using Planet Explorer. Contributor: Planet.

gvSIG Desktop is a powerful, user-friendly, interoperable GIS used by thousands of users worldwide. Contributor: gvSIG

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 2: Data. Learn about what data should go into a repository, considerations for choosing a repository, and citing data. 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.

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

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

Data Help Desk Organizers

The Virtual Data Help Desk during EGU2020: Sharing Geoscience Online is being hosted by EGU, AGU, ESIP, and EarthCube. As networks of Earth science professionals, we draw heavily from our expert pool of individuals who represent dozens of our partner organizations, making the Virtual Data Help Desk truly a team effort and a community event, as you can see from the participating organizations list below.