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Do you use paleobiological and paleoenvironmental resources like the Paleobiology Database and the Neotoma Paleoecology Database? Do you have creative new ideas about how these resources could be used for outreach or scientific discovery? Are you interested in exploring geoscientific resources to develop new applications, broaden outreach, improve documentation, and shape future research avenues in the paleo-geosciences?

We invite you to apply to take part in the C4P Community Development Event (C4P-CDE) to be held June 20th-21st, 2016 at NCAR (the National Center for Atmospheric Research) in Boulder, Colorado. If accepted, your travel and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed. Applications will be accepted until April 15th, 2016. Notifications will be sent out in mid-April 2016. We encourage applicants across a range of skillsets, backgrounds and disciplines. Creative thinking, clear documentation & a focus on end-users are all critical parts of software development.

The specific goals for the C4P-CDE are:

  1. Provide an opportunity for individuals to learn about specific geoscientific resources;
  2. Provide a forum for users to discuss use cases and scenarios with project teams, and begin developing new ideas or tools in a supportive environment;
  3. Create space for hands-on working time for individuals interested in building resources that help span PBDB, Neotoma, and allied cyberinfrastructure resources including SESAR, NOAA Paleo, Open Core Data, LiPD, DarwinCore, VertNet, STEPPE, and/or iDigPaleo;
  4. Engage early career scientists and other scientific users with these resources and give them time to explore and develop research applications;
  5. Provide a forum for informal conversations and learning opportunities among scientific users, project teams, and developers;
  6. Develop tools to facilitate the long-term care and accessibility of data and samples (in compliance with emerging publisher's and granting agency policies) such as the submission of data to trusted repositories and IGSN registration.


For questions, please contact the organizer.


More about C4P

Collaboration and Cyberinfrastructure for Paleogeosciences (C4P) is an Research Coordination Network (RCN) funded by the EarthCube initiative within the National Science Foundation.  C4P focuses on the development and deployment of standards for aggregation and dissemination of paleogeoscience data, with the goal of facilitating research focused on the ecology and evolution of life through time. Increasing accessibility to “dark data” and hidden data and specimen collections are important goals of this project. To learn more, please see