CIESIN associate director for Information Technology Sri Vinay and senior digital archivist Robert Downs participated in several workshops and meetings in July, addressing different aspects of Earth science and geospatial data and software management. In early July, Downs traveled to Frascati, Italy, to participate in the workshop, “Advancing the Understanding and Measurement of the Societal Benefits of Earth Observations,” organized to advance the understanding and measurement of the societal benefits of Earth Observations. He served as rapporteur for the session, “Understanding the Context,” and presented briefings from that session during two roundtable sessions. The workshop was held July 1–3 at the European Space Agency (ESA) Centre for Earth Observation.
Later in the month, Vinay attended the workshop, “Conceptualizing a Geospatial Software Institute (GSI) Workshop 3: Strategic Plan and Governance of GSI,” held July 14–16 at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) and the Westin Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. Funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the workshop aimed to first brainstorm and then draft a strategic plan for a GSI. Vinay was one of the discussion leads for the session, “What Services Should GSI Provide to Enable Broad and Impactful Scientific Advances?” which focused on challenges, opportunities, and strategies for achieving the plan’s first and fifth goals—to combine geospatial data and software at scale for scientists to harness the geospatial data revolution, and to advance high-performance geospatial software while making synergistic contributions to data-intensive and high-performance computing. Vinay, together with CIESIN director Robert Chen and associate director for Geospatial Applications Greg Yetman, provided a position paper, "Geospatial Software Governance from an Applied Research Perspective," as an input to the workshop.
During the same week in Tacoma, Washington, Downs attended three different meetings: the DataONE Users Group and Council of Data Facilities meetings on July 16, and the 2019 ESIP Summer meeting, July 16–19. He presented the poster, “Data Lifecycle Opportunities for Improving the Usability of Earth Science Data,” at the DataONE meeting. At the ESIP meeting, he gave the paper, “Socioeconomic Data Citations and Impact,” during the session, “Current Approaches for Tracking and Exposing Research Object Usage Metric,” and also presented the poster, “Understanding the Impact of Global Earth Science Data," during the poster session.