What is EarthCube?

Earthcube is a quickly growing community of scientists across all geoscience domains, as well as geoinformatics researchers and data scientists. We are a joint effort between the NSF Directorate for Geosciences and the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure.

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Our Beginnings

EarthCube was initiated by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2011 to transform geoscience research by developing cyberinfrastructure to improve access, sharing, visualization, and analysis of all forms of geosciences data and related resources. As a community-governed effort, EarthCube's goal is to enable geoscientists to tackle the challenges of understanding and predicting a complex and evolving solid Earth, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and space environment systems. The NSF's Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) and the Division of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (ACI) partnered to sponsor EarthCube, which NSF anticipates supporting through 2022. 

Since the beginning, the key principles guiding community-driven development of EarthCube cyberinfrastructure have been:

  • standards for interoperability;
  • leveraging and exploiting advanced technologies to better integrate, visualize, and analyze data;
  • democratizing and improving access to data.

Our Community

EarthCube has attracted an evolving, dynamic virtual community of more than 2,500 contributors, including earth, ocean, polar, planetary, atmospheric, geospace, computer and social scientists, educators, and data and information professionals. We actively seek to engage individual researchers, students, and partners from across the geosciences and cyberinfrastructure sectors. Membership is free and open to anyone working in these fields; please register to become a community member.

EarthCube community members work together to:

  • influence how data will be collected accessed, analyzed, visualized, shared and archived;
  • participate in interdisciplinary and collaborative research;
  • contribute to the transformation of geoscience research through the emerging practices of digital scholarship, data and software stewardship, and open science.

Collectively, these activities are aimed to foster a better understanding of our complex and changing planet and enable the geosciences community to understand and predict responses of the Earth as a system, from the space-atmosphere boundary to the inner core of our planet.

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Please contact us if you have suggestions or questions about how to become involved in EarthCube.