For more information about EarthCube Working Groups and how to form one, please see the Working Group Initiation Form. Active Working Groups are listed on the associated Committee and Team workspaces.

EarthCube Working Groups:

  • are ad hoc and initiated in response to a pressing issue, opportunity, activity, or deliverable related to progressing toward EarthCube goals;
  • can emerge from the broader EarthCube community, under the auspices of a Committee or Team, or by direction of the Leadership Council;
  • can be initiated be any community member, provided a minimum commitment from three participants representing three separate institutions;
  • may bridge more than one Committee or Team to serve as an important mechanism for collaboration or to resolve issues of mutual interest to EarthCube Committees and Teams.

A Working Group may:

  • conduct all its business in a virtual environment, requiring only logistical support from the EarthCube Science Support Office (i.e., create workspace on the EarthCube website; set up online meetings; etc.); or 
  • in addition to the above, require funds from an EarthCube governance group to hold face-to face meetings or workshops to achieve quantifiable outcomes (and is responsible to ensure that all monies allocated are accounted for in accordance with EarthCube’s operational practices and the budget justification provided in the Working Group Initiation Form).  

Fig. 1: Tracking Working Group Formation & Activities

Each Working Group will deliver a comprehensive written report of its activities at the end of its term. The report will be made public, housed in the EarthCube Document Repository, and can comprise either a:

  • Technical Paper, which describes the process, progress or state of a technical issue of importance to EarthCube and may include recommendations on future positions and action items for the All Hands Meeting, the Leadership Council, a Committee or Team to consider.
  • Working Paper, which preliminarily develops, articulates and shares ideas about an issue; it is intended to elicit feedback from the EarthCube community in advance of a final document being submitted for approval by (any or all of): the All Hands Meeting, the Leadership Council, a Committee or Team.
  • Discussion Paper, which examines current opinion and evidence on a specific EarthCube-related issue; it may reflect differing perspectives, should provide balanced information, and may include recommendations on future positions. and, Intended to inform discussion, a discussion paper may be amended in response to comment and feedback from the EarthCube community.

The information on this page was adapted from the Leadership Council Document on Working and Special Interest Groups, last updated February 24, 2015.