Finalized:Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Author(s):Chan, M. A., S. E. Peters, and B. Tikoff
The central argument of this article is straightforward: Sedimentary field geologists must combine efforts and contribute to digital knowledge bases, or our data will simply be ignored. If sedimentary geology data are not integrated into cyberinfrastructure initiatives, our progress will be impeded and our data and knowledge will become marginalized. Here we outline how the digital approach can move our community forward while simultaneously transforming the way we conduct science. Open data sharing will enable new collaborations, lead to new visualization developments, and enlarge our societal impact by increasing our ability to communicate our understanding of Earth system processes. We highlight current activities that can facilitate digital transitions, to allow us to fully capitalize on cybertechnology.
Chan, M. A., S. E. Peters, and B. Tikoff, 2016: The future of field geology, open data sharing, and cybertechnology in Earth science. The Sedimentary Record, 14, 4–10, doi:10.2110/sedred.2016.1.This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1343760. Opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not reflect the views of the NSF.