Elsevier and IEDA Launch Data Rescue Competition for Earth Sciences Discipline

Submissions welcome until October 10, 2013

Amsterdam, April 29, 2013

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and IEDA (Integrated Earth Data Applications), an NSF-funded data facility in the geosciences at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, announced today that they are jointly launching a new competition, the International Data Rescue Competition, which aims to improve preservation and access of research data in the earth sciences discipline. The challenge invites members of the international geosciences community who have worked on efforts that advance preservation and access of research data, particularly dark data, to share their work and the varied ways that these data are being processed, stored and used.

In launching the competition, Elsevier and IEDA hope to showcase the breadth, depth and diversity of existing initiatives for disclosing research data within the field of geosciences, to promote recognition of these efforts and to encourage new developments in this direction. In addition, they hope to encourage the establishment of a multi-disciplinary community across all areas of geosciences to discuss the multitude of tools and methods that are being developed to rescue data from oblivion and stimulate the sharing of knowledge, tools and standards pertaining to making research data reusable across various earth and environmental sciences domains.

As part of the submission process each participant must describe different aspects of their data rescue project, including:

  • Examples of the data as it looked before and after the rescue process;
  • A description of ways in which the data could be or is used after being made available electronically;
  • A description of metadata, models and standards and the data repository or collection used to make the data available to be accessed and used;
  • A description of the rescue process, whether it be manual, automated, or a combination of both.

A cross-disciplinary panel of judges will assess the submissions and invite the top ten proposals to a special award ceremony to be held in December 2013. The award will consist of a Data Rescue trophy and $ 5000.

The judges’ panel is formed by:

  • Linda Gundersen, US Geological Survey
  • Helen Glaves, British Geological Society
  • Kerstin Lehnert, IEDA (Chair)
  • Mark Parsons, Research Data Alliance
  • Lesley Wyborn, Geoscience Australia
  • Ilya Zaslavsky, University of California, San Diego

Researcher proposals are welcome to be submitted until October 10, 2013. Details of the competition criteria and a link to a submission template can be found on the Data Rescue Award website: http://researchdata.elsevier.com/datachallenge

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Notes for EditorsFor more information about the initiative, contact organizers: Anita de Waard, Vice President Research Data Collaborations, Elsevier Research Data Services: a.dewaard@elsevier.com, http://researchdata.elsevier.com/waard or Kerstin Lehnert, Director, IEDA: lehnert@ldeo.columbia.edu

About Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA)IEDA or Integrated Earth Data Applications is a community-based data facility funded by the US National Science Foundation (NSF) to support, sustain, and advance the geosciences by providing data services for observational solid earth data from the Ocean, Earth, and Polar Sciences. IEDA systems enable these data to be discovered and reused by a diverse community now and in the future. IEDA operates and maintains system such as the EarthChem Library, the Marine Geoscience Data System, PetDB, Geochron, GeoMapApp, and the System for Earth Sample Registration SESAR. www.iedadata.org

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