Big and Open Earth Systems Data in the Federal Government: Emerging Technologies, Policy, and Challenges 

Session ID#: 26149

Session Description:
Earth observation data collected and housed by the federal government are critical to supporting geoscience research, policy making, and natural resources management, especially under global environmental change. Federal big data and open data projects are making great strides in overcoming storage, processing, and accessibility challenges. However, recent actions decrease public access to data and documentation. Further, proposed budget cuts to scientific monitoring programs could set back this progress. These developments call into question the future of open data practices and whether or not government data will continue to be both collected and publicly accessible. This session will focus on the current challenges of maintaining government big and open data initiatives, what emerging technologies and grassroots organizing efforts are addressing these challenges and archiving government data, and what vulnerabilities and opportunities exist under the current government for the future of big and open data
Primary Convener:  Jacob Matthew Carter, Union of Concerned Scientists Washington DC, Center for Science and Democracy, Washington, DC, United States
Convener:  Bethany Wiggin, Data Refuge, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities, Philadelphia, United States
Index Terms:

6319 Institutions [POLICY SCIENCES]
6344 System operation and management [POLICY SCIENCES]
6615 Legislation and regulations [PUBLIC ISSUES]
6620 Science policy [PUBLIC ISSUES]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Lauren Kurtz and Susan Rosenthal, Climate Science Legal Defense Fund, New York, NY, United States
Margaret Janz, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Bethany Wiggin, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States
Michael Halpern, Union of Concerned Scientists Washington DC, Washington, DC, United States
Peter F DeCarlo, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, United States

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