Achievements in Advancing the EarthCube Cyberinfrastructure Vision

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Siri-Jodha S Khalsa1, Stefano Nativi2, Jay Pearlman3, Francoise Pearlman4, Mattia Santoro5, Ruth Duerr1, Enrico Boldrini6 and Steven F Browdy7, (1)National Snow and Ice Data Center, Boulder, CO, United States, (2)CNR Institute of Atmospheric Pollution Research, Prato, Italy, (3)J&FE, Chief Scientist, Seattle, WA, United States, (4)J&FE, Seattle, WA, United States, (5)IIA-CNR, Prato (PO), Italy, (6)CNR National Research Council, Rome, Italy, (7)OMS Tech, Orlando, FL, United States
The Brokering Building Block (BCube) project seeks to demonstrate the utility and viability of brokering as a core element of a cyberinfrastructure supporting all of geoscience. Brokering is a bridging technology that spans the gaps between the conventions of one discipline and another, enabling interoperability without levying additional requirements on either end. BCube is exploring the applications of brokering in four domains: hydrology, meterology, cryosphere and oceanography, with close attention being paid to the social science aspects of cyberinfrastructure development and adoption, as well as to the educational benefits that brokering provides. This talk will highlight the progress that has been made in establishing a testbed that is being used to provide direct experience of brokering to domain scientists. Discovery of data sources for brokering via web crawling will also be discussed.