CIESIN staff helped host a range of visitors to Columbia recently, addressing different aspects of scientific data access, management, and application. On November 16, CIESIN director Robert Chen and associate director for Science Applications Alex de Sherbinin met with Kazuhiro Hayashi, Senior Research Fellow with the Japan National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP), together with two analysts from Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd., to discuss policy trends in research data management and infrastructure in support of open science. The visit was part of a study commissioned by the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). On November 30, Chen and associate director for Geospatial Applications Gregory Yetman hosted Prof. Hiromichi Fukui, director of the International Digital Earth Applied Science Research Center (IDEAS) at Chubu University in Japan. The meeting provided the opportunity to discuss areas of collaboration related to Digital Earth and the use of geospatial data and remote sensing in support of sustainable development research and applications.
In support of collaboration between the NASA Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs), Lindsey Harriman and Robert Quenzer of the Land Processes DAAC (LP-DAAC) at the Earth Resources Observation & Science (EROS) Center spent two days at the NASA Socieconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) operated by CIESIN on November 30-December 1. The technical visit, hosted by CIESIN associate director for Information Technology Sri Vinay, who also serves as the SEDAC System Engineer, focused mainly on ways to better integrate SEDAC data, tools, and services with the LP-DAAC Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AρρEEARS), a new data access, subsetting, and visualization tool. Also on December 1, CIESIN staff met with Sam Wear, assistant chief information officer (Geographic Information Systems) for Westchester County, New York, and colleague Anjali Sauthoff, an alumna of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, addressing common interests in developing and improving geospatial data for New York State.
The Columbia University Libraries and CIESIN hosted a visit December 5 by Margaret Levenstein, the new director of the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan. Levenstein met with senior Library managers as well as staff from the university′s social science and digital research units, and gave a guest lecture in a class at Teachers' College, on managing education data. The visit focused on ways of improving access to and use of ICPSR research data holdings at Columbia and potential areas of collaboration with ICPSR. Chen is a member of the ICPSR Governing Council.