CRESCYNT was delighted to participate with other science, technical, and governance groups at the EarthCube All Hands Meeting 6-8 July 2016 in Denver. This was a terrifically useful gathering – so helpful to be face-to-face once a year or so to accelerate the collective work that happens through conference calls, emails, google docs, sheets, and webinars.
Here’s the poster that CRESCYNT presented to deepen and broaden interactions with other EarthCube groups in our unified goal of meeting the technological needs of geoscience research in answering critical science questions that can only be managed with the assistance of essential cyberinfrastructure. The poster and a slide presentation both emphasized that (1) the challenges for coral reef research span a significant range of scales, and a broad collection of disciplines; and (2) integrating data and analysis vertically and horizontally – in both the figurative and literal senses! – are essential challenges for coral reef work. This area also faces the need to (3) manage multiple forms of critical imagery and other complex data forms, and (4) manageably use and share an explosion of new software, tools, and techniques, and (5) to figure out how to do it without the existence of a community-consensus data repository and community-tailored metadata standards and semantics – or (6) to arrive at the most critical of these standards quickly as a community, borrowing on work already accomplished for narrower, specific coral reef projects or in other fields.