[Board] Opportunity for OSGeo:ENABLING FAIR DATA COMMITMENTSTATEMENT IN THE EARTH, SPACE, AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Brian M Hamlin maplabs at light42.com
Wed Aug 1 08:09:32 PDT 2018


Hi Peter, All --
 
  a quick note on The Arnold Foundation  (new to me)
Their 2016 Form 990 shows gross annual income of about $200,000,000  
and a total assets of about two thousand million USD. 
 
   best regards from Berkeley, California
    --Brian M Hamlin

On Wed, 1 Aug 2018 16:56:03 0200, "Peter Löwe" <peter.loewe at gmx.de> wrote:

Dear Board,

I would like to ask the Board to sign the online commitment statement 
provided by the Enabling FAIR Data project on behalf of the OSGeo 
Foundation. 

Background:
The Enabling FAIR project is funded by the Arnold Foundation (just a 
bit smaller than the Gates Foundation) and managed by AGU, the American 
Geophysical Union (OSGeo has a MOU with AGU). 
The project goal is to create an initial critical mass of researchers, 
research institutes and organisations, publishers, data repositories 
und funding agencies to establish the FAIR principles (Findable, 
Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) as best practices in the 
(Geo-)Sciences. 

Since last year I have been representing the OSGeo position within the 
project. 

The full text (& online signing opportunity) of the commitment 
statement is available here: 
http://www.copdess.org/enabling-fair-data-project/commitment-to-enabling-fair-data-in-the-earth-space-and-environmental-sciences/

The core statement is:

--snip--
we commit to these goals:
Ensuring that Earth, space, and environmental science research outputs, 
including data, software, and samples or standard information about 
them, are open, FAIR, and curated in trusted domain repositories 
whenever possible and that other links and information related to 
scholarly publications follow leading practices for transparency and 
information. 

This means that:
Publication of scholarly articles in the Earth, space, and 
environmental science community is conditional upon the concurrent 
availability of the data underpinning the research finding, with only a 
few, standard, widely adopted exceptions, such as around privacy for 
human subjects or to protect heritage field samples. 

These data should, to the greatest extent possible, be shared, open, 
and stored in community-approved FAIR-aligned repositories. Leading 
repositories provide additional quality checks around domain data and 
data services and facilitate discovery and reuse of data and other 
research outputs. 
--snap--

To my understanding, the goals of the project and OSGeo are highly 
compatible and OSGeo is already well on track to establish a open 
source infrastructure for FAIR. Because of this I would like to 
encourage the Board to sign the commitment statement on behalf of OSGeo 
(otherwise I can gladly handle this, if necessary). 

Overview over all signatories so far: 
http://www.copdess.org/enabling-fair-data-project/commitment-to-enabling-fair-data-in-the-earth-space-and-environmental-sciences/signatories/

The commitment statement can be signed both by organisations and 
individuals. I would like encourage everybody to sign the statement 
personally. 

best,
peter

<peter.loewe at gmx.de>

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